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Police probe another racist incident involving Chelsea fans

Published:Sunday | February 22, 2015 | 12:00 AM
A supporter holds up an anti racism banner during the English Premier League soccer match between Manchester City and Newcastle at the Etihad Stadium, Manchester, England,

LONDON (AP):

British police launched an investigation into further suspected racism involving Chelsea fans as the London club used yesterday's Premier League game to celebrate diversity in football.

Stickers emblazoned with "Support Chelsea Support Equality" were handed out at Stamford Bridge after a week when public acts of racism by some Chelsea fans brought a renewed focus on football's fight against discrimination.

Before last Tuesday's Champions League game at Paris Saint-Germain, a black man was filmed being blocked from boarding a metro train by Chelsea fans, who then chanted: "We're racist and that's the way we like it."

Now British Transport Police has launched an appeal for witnesses, saying men, "believed to be Chelsea supporters returning from Paris by train, shouted racist chants", at London's St Pancras station last Wednesday night.

 

More to be done

 

"It's clear that unfortunately there is still a minority who think it is acceptable to behave in such an abhorrent manner," police superintendent Gill Murray said after the incident was reported by a member of the public. "There is more that needs to be done to address the issue once and for all."

By coincidence, Chelsea had already designated yesterday's fixture against Burnley as its annual 'Game for Equality' - when five people started provisional club bans from the west London stadium following the Paris incident.

Chelsea's match day programme denounced the abuse over several pages, including a column by captain John Terry, who served a four-match Football Association ban in 2012 after being found guilty of racially abusing then-Queens Park Rangers player Anton Ferdinand in a game.

"This club stands against all forms of discrimination," Terry wrote. "Football is a sport for everyone, that is one of the main reasons why we love it."

Before kick-off against Burnley, fans of the Blues unfurled a banner reading: "Black or white, we're all blue."