Chelsea fans hit with banning orders after racist Metro incident

The Blues supporters were filmed denying Souleymane Sylla entry to a train in the build-up to their sides’ clash with Paris Saint-Germain in the Champions League

A former human rights activist has been banned from football matches for five years after racially abusing a black commuter with fellow Chelsea fans at a Paris Metro station.

Footage that emerged after Chelsea’s Champions League match with PSG in February showed several Blues supporters shoving Souleymane Sylla, thus denying him entry to the train, and chanting racist songs.

Chelsea subsequently banned five fans from home games, and Richard Barklie – a 50-year-old director who works with the World Human Rights Forum – admitted to pushing Mr. Sylla on Wednesday, though he insisted the Frenchman used “aggression” as he tried to board.

However, prior to handing down the banning order district judge Gareth Branston said that Barklie joined in with the chanting of “John Terry is a racist and that’s the way we like it” and had shown “aggressive, disorderly conduct”.

Josh Parsons and William Simpson – who were also on the Metro – were both given the same punishment, while another Chelsea supporter, Jordan Munday, has been banned from football matches for three years.

Judge Branston criticised the fans for tarnishing the game’s reputation in Britain, describing the incident as “nasty, abhorrent and arrogant.”

Chelsea were knocked out of the competition by PSG, losing on away goals after a 3-3 aggregate draw.

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