Chelsea fans are having their name dragged through the mire once more after further allegations of racist chanting emerged in relation to the club’s midweek encounter with Paris Saint-Germain in the Champions League.
A group of supporters were filmed on Tuesday pushing a black man from a Paris Metro carriage he was attempting to board, with the men proceeding to chant “we’re racist and that’s the way we like it.”
Chelsea have condemned the incident have have since taken steps to suspend some believed to be involved before a full investigation is conducted. The victim, meanwhile, has called on these supporters to be jailed.
There is now a further claims for the club and authorities to contend with after it was revealed by British Transport Police that a complaint was made against more racist chanting from Chelsea fans at St Pancras station.
"The racist chanting was reported by a member of the public who was disgusted by the behaviour of the men who had travelled on the 18:40 service from Paris Gare du Nord,” said superintendent Superintendent Gill Murray of British Transport Police.
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"The men shouted as they walked through the station having alighted from the train a short time earlier.
"If you travelled on the train from Paris or were at the station and have information which can assist our investigation I would urge you to get in touch as a matter of urgency."
Jose Mourinho, speaking at his press conference on Friday, said he was ashamed of the incident in Paris and has invited the man in question, identified only as Souleymane S, to Stamford Bridge to experience what Chelsea are really about as a club.
It is an invitation he has declined, although was appreciative of the offer from the Chelsea manager.
Lifetime bans await those involved in both incidents, and perhaps even custodial sentences. There is little Chelsea can do other than the former, although they are sure to do all possible to aid police in their enquires.
But how will the football authorities react? The behaviour of fans away from grounds is outside the jurisdiction of clubs, but should they always be accountable for supporters?
Punishing Chelsea would be controversial to say the least, but could be the way for FIFA to really prove the are serious about eradicating the scourge of the game.
How should the authorities deal with Chelsea as a club, if at all?
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