January 24, 2017

Racism victim blames Chelsea for “fans for humiliating me in my own country”

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The man who was subjected to racist abuse by a group of Chelsea fans in Paris says the club must accept responsibility for the incident after saying he was humiliated in his own country.

Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has apologised to Mr Souleymane Sylla, who was refused access to an underground train on the Paris Metro before Tuesday’s Champions League match with Paris Saint-Germain.

But Sylla has no plans to accept any invitation to travel to Stamford Bridge to watch the Premier League side after revealing his ongoing hurt over the incident.

“I felt truly wounded to the bottom of my heart that I really couldn’t believe it,” said Mr Sylla in an interview with the BBC. “Of course it’s Chelsea’s responsibility. It’s their supporters.

“We’re in 2015 aren’t we and we’re in France. We’re in a civilised country and when you are in a civilised country, there are certain things you can’t do.

“For me, it’s a humiliation. I was humiliated in my country. I was humiliated in front of my family, humiliated in front of my mother and father.

“They (the fans) didn’t say Paris, they said Chelsea. Chelsea should call my lawyer. And they haven’t done that yet. It’s their supporters. The director general of PSG has called my lawyer but Chelsea haven’t contacted my lawyer.”

Chelsea have suspended five people from Stamford Bridge as a result of investigations.

“Chelsea Football Club has suspended a further two people from Stamford Bridge as a result of ongoing investigations into the incident on the Paris Metro on Tuesday evening. This makes a total of five to date,” said the club.

“If it is deemed there is sufficient evidence of their involvement in the incident, the club will issue banning orders for life.”

 -EuroSport

 

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