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Fans identified by police after Chelsea appeal

Three men being sought in connection with an incident of alleged racism by Chelsea fans on the Paris Metro have been identified, Met Police have said.

CCTV images were released by the Met Police of three men on the Paris Metro
CCTV images were released by the Met Police of three men on the Paris Metro

Images of three men – captured on CCTV ahead of the club’s 1-1 draw with Paris St-Germain – were released on Friday.

Met Police officers said they launched the appeal in support of French police.

Chelsea FC has barred five fans from attending Stamford Bridge following the release of a video showing a black man being pushed from a Paris train.

Amateur video shot at Paris’ Richelieu-Drouot station showed a man being pushed from the Metro train while a group chanted: “We’re racist, we’re racist and that’s the way we like it.”

The alleged victim has since been identified as a 33-year-old man known only as Souleymane S.

Chelsea has said it will ban the five suspended fans from attending Stamford Bridge for life if there is sufficient evidence of their involvement.

A club spokesman said they were writing to Souleymane to “apologise unreservedly” and invite him to attend a game as their guest. BBC

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