Chelsea fans are facing fresh racism allegations after the Capital One final this weekend.
British Transport Police (BTP) were called by fellow train passengers reporting incidents of abusive behaviour and racist insults on board a London to Manchester train after the Blues beat Tottenham 2-0 at Wembley on Sunday (March 1).
BTP and Staffordshire Police boarded the train at Stoke-on-Trent and asked four men to leave the Virgin train while four others are said to have left of their own accord.
This is just the latest racism incident Chelsea fans have allegedly been embroiled in after a video showed supposed Chelsea supporters singing racist chants and pushing a black man off the Paris Metro last month. Five fans were then banned from Stamford Bridge.
Just 24-hours later, seven men - also thought to be Chelsea fans - were captured on CCTV at St Pancras station allegedly chanting racist slurs. Seven men got in contact with police after an extensive media appeal.
A BTP spokesman said: “Shortly after 10.30pm on Sunday, officers were called to meet a Euston to Manchester Piccadilly train at Stoke, following reports of racist and abusive behaviour by a number of passengers, said to be football fans.
“Colleagues from Staffordshire Police also attended. Officers asked four men to leave the train at Stoke. We have spoken to two witnesses, and investigations continue.
“Rail passengers and staff have the right to travel and work in peace. Abusive behaviour on trains and at stations is unacceptable, and we will not hesitate to investigate any such incidents.”
A passenger on the same train told the Daily Mail the offenders were singing songs about Auschwitz and were making racist comments towards two young Asian girls.
A Chelsea spokesman said: “We are aware of the reports but it is not clear at this time if this incident involves Chelsea supporters.
“If it did then we will assist the BTP with their inquiries.”