Chelsea: Life ban to fans in Paris Metro race row

Five Chelsea fans who received lengthy bans from football matches after being caught up in the Paris Metro train race row have received lifetime bans from the club.


Frenchman Souleymane Sylla was subjected to racist chants and was pushed off a train carriage before Chelsea’s Champions League match against Paris St Germain on February 17.

Video showed Mr Sylla repeatedly pushed backwards amid chants of “we’re racist, we’re racist, and that’s the way we like it”.

Human rights activist Richard Barklie, 50, former finance worker Josh Parsons, 20, and William Simpson, 26, were all today issued with football banning orders for five years for their role.

Fellow fan Jordan Munday, 20, was banned from football matches for three years.

A fifth man, Dean Callis, 32, of Islington, north London, earlier received a five-year banning order.

Following the verdicts at London’s Stratford Magistrates’ Court, Chelsea issued life bans against the five men.

Chelsea fans push a black man off a Metro train in Paris
Chelsea fans push a black man off a Metro train in Paris – Eurosport

The club said: “The behaviour of these five individuals was abhorrent, against all of the club’s values and falls way below the standards the club expects of supporters attending our games.

“Therefore the club’s bans permanently prohibit any of these individuals from attending Stamford Bridge or purchasing tickets from the club for any future matches.”

It added: “Chelsea FC is proud of its diversity, which runs throughout the club – from our owner to our multi-cultural playing squad and backroom team, the staff and our fans.

“We are also proud to support the work of Kick it Out and Show Racism the Red Card, among other organisations, as well as the work of the Premier League, UEFA and the Football Association.”