Former Wigan Athletic and Blackburn Rovers striker Jason Roberts appeared to take a subtle dig at Chelsea Captain John Terry following a fan of the latter's club, Richard Barklie's claim that Soleymane Sylla was to blame for their Paris Metro altercation in February.
Barklie admitted to pushing Sylla off a train following Chelsea's 1-1 draw with Paris Saint-Germain during the Premier League champions' visit to Paris for their Champions League game. However, despite the event having coincided with alleged discriminatory chants from several fans; the former policeman claimed that his actions were not racially motivated and that Sylla was aggressively trying to force his way into a carriage with no room.
Barklie, 50 could face a banning order from football along with co-defendants Jordan Munday, 20; Josh Parsons, 20; and William Simpson, 26 - all of whom are also challenging the punishment in Stratford Magistrates Court.
Dean Callis, 32, has already been banned for five years for participating in Paris and other violence-related incidents.
TAKING AFTER TERRY?
Roberts, who turned to punditry with the BBC following his 2014 retirement from football, did not appear convinced that the Northern Irishman's defence was sufficient to clear him of wrongdoing; tweeting: "Chelsea Fans challenge banning order! Umm..we saw it with our own EYES!! Where do they learn these tactics!! Ooh..!!"
The tweet seems to suggest that Terry, who was cleared in court of racially abusing Anton Ferdinand in an October 2011 altercation; had indirectly influenced the defendants by denying guilt despite video evidence allegedly showing him mouthing the words "f****** black c***".
Terry was banned for four games and found £220, 000 by the Football Association despite the Magistrates Court's findings. At the time, Roberts described the punishment as "nowhere near what people would expect".
Most Chelsea fans have continued to support Terry despite the allegations levelled against him and PC Paul Todd told the court that he filmed a group singing: “John Terry is a racist and that’s the way we like it” on the night of the altercation.
Roberts will be hoping that the suspects do not follow in Terry's footsteps and escape punishment from the court.
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