Chelsea 4 club fans banned from football over Paris train incident

The four Chelsea fans were banned from attending football games following the Paris train racist incidence

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  play William Simpson was banned from attending football matches for five years (Central News)
  play Jordan Munday was banned for three years (National News and Picture/Isabel Infantes)
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Four Chelsea fans have been banned from football for racially abusing a black commuter on the Paris Metro after a UEFA Champions League game earlier in the year.

Gareth Branston, a judge at a Stratford magistrates' court sitting in London on Wednesday, July 22 described the role each of the fans played in the train incident.

Richard Barklie, from Carrickfergus, Northern Ireland, Joshua Parsons and William Simpson, both from Surrey, were banned for five years at Stratford Magistrates' Court.

Jordan Munday, from Sidcup in Kent, was banned for three years.

Barklie was told by the court that had joined in the chants of 'John Terry is a racist and that's the way we like it".

  play Joshua Parsons has been banned for five years (National News and Pictures/Isabel Infantes)

 

Josh Parsons, 20, a former City worker was judged to have played a leading role in the racist abuse, while Jordan Munday and William Simpson were also held responsible for their role in the fight.

The defence lawyers for all four said they were not chanting or being racist, claiming that the Parisian was pushed off the train because it was full.

The victim, Mr Sylla said in a statement that he was violently pushed form the train.

"When I approached them to enter the coach, one of them pushed me away violently to put me back on to the platform," Sylla said.

"I again approached the carriage, explaining to this person I wanted to get back on the train.

"He didn't seem to understand what I said to him and other supporters behind him were shouting and singing in English. As I don't speak English, I didn't understand what they said.

"Another person made a sign indicating to the colour of the skin on his face."

  play Richard Barklie has been banned for five years (National News and Pictures/Isabel Infantes)

 

The judge said that the incident was racist.

"It was a racist incident. It was abhorrent, nasty, offensive, arrogant and utterly unacceptable behaviour," Gareth Branston said.

"It cannot be allowed in a modern society. It needs to be stamped out.

Watch the video of the Paris train incident below:

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