Black Man Blocked From Boarding Train By Chelsea Fans Calls For Punishment

Source: AP / USA Today

PARIS  — A black man who was blocked from boarding a Paris metro train by Chelsea soccer fans chanting racist slogans wants the group to be “found, punished and locked up.”

In an interview with Le Parisien newspaper, the man — identified only as Souleymane S. — said he had lost his phone in the scuffle in the metro and didn’t learn until Wednesday evening that the altercation was filmed. Because he doesn’t speak English, he said he didn’t fully grasp what the rowdy group was saying — they chanted “we’re racist, we’re racist, and that’s the way we like it” — but their meaning was clear.

The incident happened Tuesday evening, a short time before Chelsea played Paris Saint-Germain at Parc des Princes in the Champions League.

“They were saying things to me in English and I didn’t really understand the meaning of the words. I understood that it had to do with Chelsea fans and made the link with the PSG match that was happening that night. I also clearly understood that they were hassling me because of the color of my skin,” he said.

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