Three Chelsea supporters could be banned from football for life after being suspended from Stamford Bridge by the club as part of the on-going investigation into a racist incident on the Paris Metro.
A black commuter was blocked from entering a train by what appeared to be a group of fans travelling to the Parc des Princes for the Champions League match against Paris St Germain on Tuesday evening.
A chant of “We’re racist and that’s the way we like it” from the Chelsea fans was clearly audible on a video of the incident.
Chelsea on Thursday night announced three unnamed supporters had been identified, with the help of other fans, and have been suspended, pending further investigation.
Life bans could be implemented if there is sufficient evidence.
The swift action prevents those supporters from attending Saturday’s Premier League match with Burnley at Stamford Bridge, which has been designated a ‘Game for Equality’.
The statement on Chelsea’s official website read: “Chelsea Football Club is suspending three people from Stamford Bridge as a result of investigations into the incident on the Paris Metro on Tuesday evening.
“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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
“We also continue to cooperate fully with the Metropolitan and Paris police forces who lead the ongoing criminal investigation.”