Police investigate alleged racist behaviour from Chelsea fans

Passengers on a train travelling north from London after the League Cup final claimed that Blues supporters were involved as officers were called to remove a group at Stoke

Police are investigating reports of racist behaviour from a group of football fans on a train after the League Cup final on Sunday.

Four men, reported to be Chelsea fans, were asked to leave their train after the authorities were called in at Stoke, with officers looking into passengers’ claims they were Blues supporters. Mobile phone footage taken by a witness is being examined.

The London club have already endured trouble with racism among their support in recent weeks, with British and French authorities still investigating an incident in which travelling Chelsea fans stopped a black man from boarding a subway train in Paris before a Champions League game.

A spokesman for the British Transport Police declared: “Shortly after 22.30GMT on Sunday, March 1, officers were called to meet a Euston-to-Manchester Piccadilly train at Stoke, following reports of racist and abusive behaviour by a number of passengers, said to be football fans.

“Colleagues from Staffordshire Police also attended. Officers asked four men to leave the train at Stoke. We have spoken to two witnesses and investigations continue.

“Rail passengers and staff have the right to travel and work in peace. Abusive behaviour on trains and at stations is unacceptable and we will not hesitate to investigate any such incidents.”