Chelsea manager José Mourinho said he was “ashamed” at the actions of several Chelsea fans who racially abused a black man who tried to board a train in Paris on Tuesday before a Champions League match against Paris Saint-Germain.
The club has written to the 33-year-old man, only identified as Souleymane S., and offered him a place in the directors’ box for their next home match.
"The dressing room reacted as I did - with disappointment and they condemn the situation and support the gentleman involved and they feel ashamed but maybe we shouldn't because these people involved do not belong to Chelsea Football Club," Mourinho said in a statement.
"I felt ashamed when I knew what happened but I repeat: I am a proud Chelsea Football Club manager because I know what the club is and these people don’t represent it."
Chelsea condemned the abuse and have apologized to the man, who was taunted with the group saying "Chelsea, Chelsea, Chelsea" and "we're racist, we're racist, and that's the way we like it.”
“The club would also like to apologize unreservedly to Souleymane for the behavior of a small number of individuals and their unforgivable actions towards him. We have been cooperating fully with the Met police and Paris police in their ongoing investigation, and will continue to do so,” Chelsea chairman Bruce Buck said, according to the Guardian.
Souleymane said those responsible for the racist incident should be "found, punished and locked up."
Chelsea suspended three people from attending matches at Stamford Bridge and will issue lifetime banning orders if there is evidence of the fans involvement.
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