Metro train was full…apparently.
A Chelsea fan that witnessed the apparent racist abuse levelled at a black passenger attempting to board a metro train in Paris on Tuesday night following the club’s 1-1 draw with PSG has defended the actions of the group by claiming that the train was full, BT Sport reports.
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The Blues have vowed to track down those seen in the video and hand them suitable punishments, but one fan has defended his fellow supporters.
In the shocking video, a man is seen trying to board the train but is twice pushed away. The crowd aboard then began to chant: “We’re racist and that’s the way we like it”.
But Mitchell McCoy has told reporters that the song was in reference to Chelsea skipper John Terry, who himself was found guilty of racist abuse in 2012 from an incident involving QPR defender Anton Ferdinand.
The 17-year-old, who travelled to the French capital with five friends, said: “I’m not in the video but I’m on the carriage. We got on the train and at the station where the man was trying to get on we stopped for a couple of minutes.
“He tried to get on and a few people were pushing him off because there wasn’t much space on the carriage. You couldn’t move.
“People were saying it was because he was black. It’s not true at all. I personally think it’s because he was a PSG fan. Obviously they didn’t want him anywhere with us.
“That guy in the video tried to force himself on, so they pushed him off.”
McCoy added: “That song was about John Terry. The only words I know is ‘he’s a racist, he’s a racist’ and I don’t know the rest.”
“It wasn’t just that one time that it happened. It wasn’t just with the black people that we weren’t letting on.
“There was white people, women that people weren’t allowing on. There was no space.
“They were saying, ‘You can’t get on this carriage, you have to go somewhere else’.”