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Chelsea fan 'will not return to work' until racism inquiry ends

A Chelsea fan embroiled in a racism row on the Paris Métro appears to have been suspended by his employers.

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, with supporters going on to chant: "We're racist, we're racist, and that's the way we like it."

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

In a statement published on the company's Facebook page, The Business & Commercial Finance Club said:

We are utterly opposed to racism in all of its forms and would never tolerate racist conduct among any employee.

We are investigating the events in Paris and Mr Parsons will not return to work until we have conducted a full and thorough investigation.

– The Business & Commercial Finance Club

Chelsea FC reacts to Paris Metro incident with racist fans

Chelsea Football Club has identified and suspended three fans after the racist incident on the Paris Metro. In a statement this evening the club said it was working with French authorities as they worked to identify further suspects involved.

Today the victim of the racist chanting spoke out to call for the fans to be found and punished. Sports Editor Steve Scott reports.

Paris Metro victim calls for punishment for Chelsea fans

The man prevented from boarding a train in Paris by Chelsea supporters chanting racist slogans said they should be caught and punished.

The man told a French newspaper that although he could not understand what the men were saying, he knew he was being targeted because of the colour of his skin.

As police in France work to trace the accused supporters, this evening Chelsea FC said it was suspending three people from Stamford Bridge as investigations continue.

ITV News reporter Rebecca Barry reports:

Chelsea suspends three people following Paris incident

Chelsea Football Club has said it is suspending three people from Stamford Bridge as investigations into the incident on the Paris Metro on Tuesday evening continue. In a statement, the club said:

If it is deemed there is sufficient evidence of their involvement in the incident, the club will issue banning orders for life.

We have received substantial information to date following our witness appeal and we are grateful to the many Chelsea supporters who have provided information so far.

Our investigations are on-going and we would request any further information is sent to

We also continue to cooperate fully with the Metropolitan and Paris police forces who lead the ongoing criminal investigation.

– Chelsea Football Club website


QPR boss: Racism not something that gets eradicated

Chris Ramsey, manager of Queens Park Rangers and the only black manager in the Premier League said racism in the game is still very much alive.

He said something he has been trying to explain for a while is that racism is a wider social problem that can manifest itself in football, but football is by no means the only area of public life afflicted.

Victim: Punish Chelsea fans who pushed me off train

The man who was pushed off a Paris train in an apparently racially-motivated incident involving Chelsea fans has been identified by French media, and says he wishes to pursue a police complaint.

Souleymane was pictured being pushed on the train. Credit: Guardian News & Media Ltd

The 33-year-old French-Mauritanian man, named only as Souleymane, told Le Parisien he lost his phone during the "scramble" at Richelieu-Drouot, so had been unaware of the international attention it had received, or even that it had been filmed.

Speaking about the clash, he said: "I wanted to get into the car but a group of English fans [was] blocking me and pushed me away [...] They told me things in English but I did not really understand the meaning of their words."

"I understand also that they were attacking me because of the colour of my skin. You know, I live with racism, I was not really surprised by what happened to me even if it was a first in the subway."

Souleymane said discussing the issue had given him "the courage to complain to the police", adding: "I'll try to do it [on Thursday] if I have the time, because I also work."

"In any case, I intend to turn to anti-racist associations . These people, these English fans must be found, punished and must be imprisoned."

'Racist' Chelsea fans could face three years in prison

A group of Chelsea fans seen pushing a black man off a Paris Metro train and allegedly chanting racist abuse could face up to three years in prison if convicted.

Police in France and the UK are currently trying to trace the suspects and the victim of the alleged attack.

If prosecuted and found guilty of racism, under French law the culprits could be jailed and fined 45,000 Euros (£33,000).

ITV Sports Editor Steve Scott reports:

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