Five Chelsea fans allegedly involved in a racist row on a Paris Metro train will contest applications for them to be given football banning orders.
Police acted after footage emerged of a black man allegedly being prevented from boarding a train in the French capital before Chelsea’s Champions League tie with Paris St Germain last month.
On Wednesday (March 25) five men appeared at Waltham Forest Magistrates’ Court as the police sought to have them issued with banning orders which would prevent them attending football matches for up to 10 years.
The men are: Richard Barklie, 50, from Northern Ireland; Dean Callis, 32, from, Islington, north London; Jordan Munday, 20, from Sidcup, south-east London; Josh Parsons, 20, from Dorking, Surrey; and William Simpson, 26, from Ashford, Surrey.
The lawyers for each of the five men said they would fight the banning orders, and say they were not involved in the incident.
One questioned the need of the Met police to become involved in an incident which occurred in Paris.
The case was adjourned until July 15.