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Chelsea fan: We didn't let man on train because it was full

TOO FULL: Ex-police officer Richard Barklie who was one of the men identified on CCTV footage by the Metropolitan Police following the alleged racist incident on the Paris Metro last month.

A CHELSEA fan exposed on CCTV stopping a black man boarding a Paris train says he did so because the carriage "was too full" not because of the man's race.

Ex-police officer Richard Barklie, 50, was one of three men identified on CCTV footage by the Metropolitan Police following the alleged racist incident on the Paris Metro last month.

In the footage, victim Souleymane Sylla, a father-of-three, can be seen twice trying to enter the tightly packed carriage, but both times being shoved back out through the train door.

The video quickly went viral and caused outrage worldwide.

Barklie, of Carrickfergus, County Antrim, denies joining in with other Chelsea fans in chanting "we’re racist, we’re racist and that’s the way we like it" or any other racist songs.

"I'm not a racist and I never have been a racist," the Chelsea season ticket holder told the Sunday World. "I did not take part in any racist singing."

He explained: “He was pushed off simply because the carriage was full – no other reason – it had nothing to do with the colour of his skin.

“I don’t hold any racist views and as I’ve already put out in the media, I do a lot of human rights work in Kenya and India and various other parts of the world.”

The Metropolitan Police has passed on the details of the three men to the authorities in France, who are investigating the incident before Chelsea's Champions League game against Paris St-Germain.

Chelsea has suspended five fans and said it would ban them from attending Stamford Bridge for life if there was sufficient evidence of their involvement.

Mr Barklie, an ex-Royal Ulster Constabulary and Police Service of Northern Ireland officer, is currently a director with a human rights organisation - the World Human Rights Forum - and has also worked supporting victims of the Troubles.

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