Five Chelsea fans ordered to appear in court for roles in racist incident
Five men accused of participating in a racist incident in a Paris metro station last month have been ordered to appear in court in England, according to the BBC.
Chelsea fans were caught on video refusing to allow a black man to enter a train before the club's Champions League match against Paris St.-Germain. "We're racist, we're racist and that's the way we like it," the fans chanted as they pushed the man out of the train.
The man, identified only as Souleymane S., filed a formal complaint with officials in Paris.
Officials from Chelsea, UEFA and the English Football Association all condemned the fans' actions. The United Nations also issued a statement noting the incident is part of a larger trend of racism in soccer.
Chelsea has permanently banned five men from attending the club's games at Stamford Bridge.
The club invited the victim to attend the return leg against PSG but he declined. "I don't want to sit in that stadium next to those people who pushed me," he said on a French radio station, according to Sky Sports.
Chelsea and PSG play Wednesday in London.
- Dan Gartland