The man who was racially abused by Chelsea supporters on the Paris Metro has called for their punishment.
Souleymane S. has come forward as the man filmed in Paris being shoved off a train at Richelieu-Drouet station by Chelsea fans as he tried to board. The video shows the football fans chanting: “We’re racist, we’re racist and that’s the way we like it.”
The amateur footage, obtained by the Guardian on Wednesday (February 18), was taken before the Champions League match between Chelsea and Paris Saint-Germain on Tuesday evening (February 17).
The incident has caused outrage on both sides of the Channel, with Prime Minister David Cameron condemning the incident and Chelsea warning it will ban any fans found to have racially abused the man.
Souleymane S, 33, a farm worker, told French newspaper Le Parisien: “I wanted to get into the car but a group of English fans were blocking me and pushed me away. I tried to force the passage, I again tried to return. In the scramble, I lost my phone.
“They told me things in English but I did not really understand the meaning of their words. I do not speak a word of English.
“I understand also that they were attacking me because of the colour of my skin. You know, I live with racism, I was not really surprised by what happened to me even if it was a first in the subway.”
He said he did not know the incident had been filmed and when he went home he did not mention it to his wife.
But now the incident has emerged publicly he said he has the confidence to go to the police.
“These people, these English fans must be found, punished and must be enclosed. What happened should not go unpunished,” he added.
Meanwhile a Chelsea fan who witnessed the incident has insisted supporters were singing abut Chelsea captain John Terry who was banned for four matches and fined £220,000 for racially abusing Anton Ferdinand in 2012 but was later acquitted.
Michell McCoy, 17, said fans were pushing him off because there was no room and that it was because he was a Paris Saint-Germain fan who tried to force himself on, not because he was black.
Chelsea FC is working with the Metropolitan Police who has said it takes racism offences very seriously, no matter where they occur and will assist French authorities in their investigation.
Anybody with information about the identity of those involved is asked to contact police on 101.
The Blues are asking anybody who was present to e-mail them in the strictest confidence on firstname.lastname@example.org.