After an incident on Tuesday in which several Chelsea fans prevented a black man from boarding a train in the Paris Metro, Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger called the racism displayed by the fans "pathetic and dreadful," according to the BBC.
Calling racism "society's problem," the Arsenal manager, himself a Frenchman, went on to say that a response would "... have to be extremely severe with any incident of that caliber."
Prosecutors in Paris confirmed the commuter in question filed a formal complaint. Chelsea has so far suspended five people from attending Chelsea events due to the incident, and several of those involved face a lifetime ban from football.
The Chelsea fans were in the French capital for their club's Champions League match against Paris St Germain, which ended with a 1-1 draw. A recording showed a group of Chelsea supporters chanting "Chelsea, Chelsea, Chelsea," and "we're racist, we're racist and that's the way we like it."
The victim, a 33-year-old man, told Le Parisen that "... these English fans, they have to be found, punished and locked up."
The incident has drawn condemnation from a number of sources. Chelsea called their fans' actions "abhorrent," while English prime minister David Cameron said the video was "extremely disturbing and very worrying." UEFA, the English Football Association, FIFA head Sepp Blatter and the United Nations have all also denounced the occurrence.
- Christopher Woody