Jose Mourinho has condemned the abusive group of Chelsea supporters for their actions after Tuesday night’s Champions League game against Paris Saint-Germain.
In his press conference ahead of Chelsea’s game with Burnley this weekend, Mourinho discussed the racist abuse of Souleymane as he tried to board the Paris Metro.
Mourinho said: “I feel ashamed but maybe I shouldn’t because I refuse to be connected with these abusive people.
“I’m a proud Chelsea FC manager because I know what the club is and these people do not represent the club. The people involved in the Paris incident are not Chelsea.”
He added: “The Chelsea dressing room has always been one with big principles, and the players reacted the same way as I did.
The director of communications at Chelsea, Steve Atkins, issued a statement on behalf of the club’s owner Roman Abramovich regarding the incident before Mourinho began talking.
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The statement expressed the club’s “disgust” over the events that took place on the Paris Metro on Tuesday night.
Atkins said: “The club would like to apologise unreservedly to Souleymane. We are a club that is proud of our diversity.”
The Chelsea boss said: “From the first minute that the club found out about the incident, they have been doing absolutely everything they can.”
Mourinho supported the club’s idea of inviting the man that was abused by the small group of Chelsea fans to the second leg of their game with PSG.
“I think it is a good idea for him to come to one of our games so he can feel what Chelsea is really about.”
Atkins announced that the club have formally written to Souleymane to offer their apologies and invited him to join them at Stamford Bridge when they play the return leg of the PSG game. He also revealed that the club’s owner was absolutely disgusted to learn of the events.
It is a small gesture from the Premier League leaders but they also revealed in a statement issued yesterday that are banning three people from Stamford Bridge as a result of their investigations into the matter.
The statement said: “Such behaviour is abhorrent and has no place in football or society. We will support any criminal action against those involved.
“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.”