There’s very little Paris Saint-Germain could have done to rub salt any deeper into the wounds of Chelsea fans worldwide.
The script looked perfectly composed when David Luiz thundered home a header in the 86th minute to cancel out a Gary Cahill strike that looked destined to see the Blues into the quarter-finals of the Champions League, and that view was reinforced when Thiago Silva scored the eventual away-goals-graced winner in extra-time.
Backlash from Wednesday
Jose Mourinho did a relatively good job of keeping his toys in the pram and Luiz even apologised for celebrating his goal at the home of his former club, but PSG’s supporters just weren’t content with letting things die down.
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Evidently not prepared to let their English opponents off the hook for the fiasco that allegedly saw a Frenchman racially abused by Blues supporters on the Paris metro, a group of PSG fans made a mock-up of the incident, with naturally entertaining consequences.
One of the crew even went as far as donning a John Terry shirt to show the scenario as what it might have looked like had the shoe been on the other foot, and whilst we’re not all for playing down the seriousness surrounding racism in sport, we have to admit it is quite funny.
The original footage from the Chelsea fans who stopped their opposite number, known as Souleymane S, from boarding the metro, became one of the most shared topics on the web the day after the Blues’ first-leg tie in Paris.
It was condemned worldwide and painted Chelsea in a very dim light, particularly as Terry himself still harbours plenty of hatred from when he was fined and charged by the FA for racially abusing Anton Ferdinand in 2012.
The Blues responded as a club by swiftly denying the idea that they would ever endorse such behaviour as was carried out by their fans, but for a while yet it looks as though the issue won’t be going away.