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Chelsea fan 'won't return to work' until racism inquiry ends

UKIP SUPPORTER: Josh Parsons with the right wing party frontman Nigel Farage

ONE OF the men identified in the Paris train racist attack video will not be returning to work pending a full investigation.

The face of Josh Parsons was identified through the help of social media as one of the men present in the shocking footage that showed Chelsea fans pushing a black French man and preventing him from boarding a Metro train.

Also present on the Metro was Parsons’ younger brother, identified as Benji Parsons.

According to reports, both brothers, who are season ticket holders, had previously been issued written warnings from the football club for inappropriate behaviour in the stands.

Josh, who works in finance for the Business and Commercial Finance Club in central London, has not returned to work since the incident.

Speaking outside its Mayfair office yesterday morning (Feb 19), manager Miranda Khadr informed the public that he would not be coming to work that day.

She said: “At this stage we are in a situation where this is very much Josh and his personal matters.

"Should he be charged, we will be looking at taking action. He is very scared at the moment and he called me to say he is not coming in today."

She added: "He is not that type of person at all [to have taken part in racist chants], he works with me and I'm not English.

"He is a 21-year-old little boy who was in the wrong place at the wrong time.”

A statement released by the company confirmed an internal investigation would take place in line with their zero tolerance policy on racism. “We are investigating the events in Paris and Mr Parsons will not return to work until we have conducted a full and thorough investigation.” The statement said.

Since his identification, it has emerged that the taunter is as an avid UKIP supporter, after images of himself and the right wing party frontman Nigel Farage surfaced.

Farage has spoken out to clarify on his ties with the 21-year-old, on twitter he explained “unlike other party leaders I go out & often take pics with the British public. Obv not everyone is perfect. I don’t vet people outside pubs.”

A party spokesman’s added; “UKIP and Mr Farage find the behaviour of the suspected Chelsea fans on the Paris Metro to be disgraceful, and shames both the country and Chelsea Football Club. We are delighted that the identities of these people are being revealed, and that they will face the full force of the law.”

According to the Home Office, statistically the premiership club have on record the highest number of racism related arrests across the last 13 years than any other club.

The news arrives as crippling blow to former premiership champions who have previously been criticised for "complacency".

Prosecutors have already launched a criminal enquiry for "voluntary racial violence on public transport", which is punishable by up to three years in prison and a fine equivalent to £33,000.

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