Chelsea FC has vowed to ban any of its supporters involved in an ‘abhorrent’ incident of apparent racism on the Paris metro.
The footage, filmed by a British expatriate and shared with The Guardian, appears to show supporters pushing a black man off a train and back onto the platform.
The video, captured ahead of Chelsea’s Champions League fixture against French champions Paris St Germain, shows the men chanting “we’re racist, we’re racist, and that’s the way we like it.”
Chelsea, who drew the match 1-1, joined condemnation of the incident.
“Such behaviour is abhorrent and has no place in football or society,” the club’s statement said.
“We will support any criminal action against those involved, and should evidence point to involvement of Chelsea season-ticket holders or members the club will take the strongest possible action against them, including banning orders.”
A Paris police prefecture spokesman said that no immediate complaint had been filed in relation to the video.
“We will now assess the video of the (Richelieu-Drouot metro) incident and, if there is cause, launch an investigation in conjunction with our British colleagues,” he added.
The spokesman said police, including about 10 British officers, had been deployed across Paris on Tuesday and prevented several fights from breaking out.
The amateur footage shows a black man trying to squeeze onto a busy train at the Richelieu-Drouot metro stop only to be pushed back repeatedly by a group of men.
After stopping him from boarding the train, they start their chants.
Paul Nolan, a British resident of Paris who filmed the video, told BBC Radio Four the Chelsea fans in the metro carriage had seemed “very aggressive” and it was an “ugly scene”.