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Racially abused train victim wants Chelsea fans 'punished'

TAUNTED: A black man was pushed and shouted at by Chelsea football supporters at a Paris Métro station

THE VICTIM at the centre of a shocking racist video has been identified and spoken out against his attackers.

The footage, which was filmed by onlooker Paul Nolan and obtained by The Guardian, showed a French commuter being assaulted and taunted by Chelsea football fans as he tried to board a Métro train.

The video was taken on the platform at the Richelieu – Drouot station in Paris before Chelsea’s Champions League tie against Paris Saint-Germain on Tuesday evening (Feb 17).

After attempting on two occasions to board the train, the black man was repeatedly shoved and then taunted as the Chelsea supporters chanted: “We’re racist, we’re racist and that’s the way we like it.”

The commuter has now been identified as French resident Souleymane S.

Speaking to French newspaper Le Parisien, Souleymane, a Frenchman of Mauritanian origin, recanted his version of the event.

“I wanted to get on the carriage, but a group of English supporters blocked me and pushed me back. I tried to force a gap and get on. In the scrum, I lost my phone.”

He added: “I understood they were Chelsea fans and made the link with the PSG match that night. I also understood very well that they were targeting me because of the colour of my skin."

The 33-year-old, born in Paris expressed that racism was not a new phenomenon to him. “You know, I live with racism; I wasn’t really surprised at what happened to me, even if it was the first time in the metro.”

Evident in the footage, Souleymane stood on the platform heavily outnumbered by the hooligans who he said he “faced down for a long time".

Resisting the urge to react or retaliate, the married father-of-three was calmed down by fellow bystanders.

“Afterwards someone came and said to me that I’d been brave to resist people like that. In my view, the incident lasted around six or seven minutes. After a while transport staff intervened, but only to ensure there wasn’t a fight. Their objective was to get the transport moving again.

“No passenger came to my defence, but in any case what could one have done? Then the train moved on and I waited for the next one."

On the attack, Souleymane admitted to keeping the entire thing to himself. “I got home and didn’t mention the incident to anyone, neither my wife nor my children. What would I have said to my children? That daddy was pushed off the metro because he was black? That’s pointless.”

Souleymane was unaware that the incident had been filmed and how wide it had circulated.

“I didn’t know I was filmed. The fact that I’m talking about it now gives me the courage to go to the police and file a complaint."

Insisting that he will now be making contact with anti-racists groups and the police, it his aim to have the thugs “found, punished and locked up”.

The international community has unanimously condemned the incident as a shame to football and refocused eyes on the London football club to “not be complacent” in addressing the ongoing issue of racist’s fans.

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