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Ex-police officer identified in Chelsea racist footage

SORRY: Ex-police officer, Richard Barklie

A FORMER police officer has been identified as one of the Chelsea fans on the infamous Métro train in Paris who blocked a black man from boarding.

Police have said that former police officer Richard Barklie, 50, of Carrickfergus, County Antrim, who is now a director with a human rights organisation, the World Human Rights Forum, has been approached by officers following the shameful incident in France and since issued an apology.

Barklie, a Chelsea fan and season ticket holder, has since been suspended by the Wave Trauma Centre in Belfast where he helped victims of the Northern Irish Troubles.

In the footage, victim Souleymane S can be seen twice trying to enter the tightly packed carriage, but both times being shoved back out through the train door.

Souleymane, made an official police complaint and said he would like those responsible "found, punished and locked up".

Barklie's solicitor, Kevin Winters, has apologised for the “trauma and stress suffered by Mr Souleymane” and maintained that the ex-Royal Ulster Constabulary was no racist.

Speaking to the public, Winters said: "As someone who has spent years working with disadvantaged communities in Africa and India, he can point to a CV in human rights work, which undermines any suggestion he is racist."

The Belfast-based lawyer insisted his client had “had not taken part in racist singing" and "condemns any behaviour supporting that".

He that Barklie had contacted the Met Police on his own accord to "explain the context and circumstances" and wanted to "put on record his total abhorrence for racism."

The season ticket holder insists that he went to the match alone and did not know anyone shown in the video.

Chelsea Football Club has barred five fans after a shameful video emerged and Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho was quick to publicly condemn their actions, saying he is "ashamed" by incident. He has also extended an invitation to Souleymane to attend a match.

Met Police has confirmed "arrangements were in hand to take the investigation to the next stage" and that three men being sought in connection with the incident had been identified - released images including one of Barklie have proved fruitful."

The London team has pledged to ban perpetrators for life if there is sufficient evidence.

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