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Chelsea fan at centre of Paris Metro row 'very scared' after outcry

A Chelsea fan at the centre of the Paris Metro race row is "very scared" after being identified on social media, his employer has said.

Josh Parsons is believed to have been on board the Paris Metro train at the time of the incident.

Josh Parsons, 21, was identified on Twitter as being among a large crowd of fans present when a black man was pushed off the train.

Shortly after, supporters could be heard chanting: "We're racist and that's the way we like it."

Parsons - who is understood to have been a pupil at Millfield public school in Somerset, is an assistant at the Business and Commercial Finance Club in Mayfair.

Credit: Guardian News and Media Ltd.

It is understood that he did not go into work today, and the company's founder Mianda Khadr said Parsons was frightened by the controversy.

She said: "At this stage we are in a situation where this is very much Josh and his personal matters.

"Should he be charged we will be looking at taking action."

At present there is no suggestion that Parsons was involved in the pushing or chanting.

After he featured on the front of The Sun, Parsons' aunt defended the young man, telling the Evening Standard: "He is a lovely boy and has never been in any trouble. He is a lifelong Chelsea fan and that has never been a problem."

"I have seen the footage but have not yet spoken to him. We do not know what to make of it but it is a shock to the family. He is a lovely gentle boy who would not hurt anyone."

Parsons pictured with Nigel Farage. Credit: Instagram

A photo of Parsons with Ukip leader Nigel Farage was also found on Instagram, though the party said he was not a member and claimed that it had not heard of him.

This photograph was taken outside a London pub. Mr Farage is photographed with and by dozens of people, both by supporters and opponents on a daily basis.

Ukip and Mr Farage find the behaviour of the suspected Chelsea fans on the Paris Metro to be disgraceful, and shames both the country and Chelsea Football Club.

– Ukip statement

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