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'Racist' Chelsea fans slapped with five-year football ban

TAUNTED: Black Frenchman Souleymane Sylla was pushed and shouted at by Chelsea football supporters at a Paris Métro station

A FORMER policeman and human rights activist have been banned from football matches for five years for racially abusing and pushing a black commuter off a Paris Metro train earlier this year.

District Judge Branston told Stratford Magistrates' Court "there is no doubt Chelsea fans displayed racist hatred on the Paris Metro before the game".

The group had contested the order after the shameful confrontation was filmed ahead of a Champions League game back in February.

The judge said Richard Barklie, 50, a director with the World Human Rights Forum, "proved to be a menace" and had "demonstrated aggressive, disorderly conduct".

Mobile phone video footage showed Frenchman Souleymane Sylla repeatedly pushed off a train carriage amid chants of "we're racist, we're racist, and that's the way we like it".

Barklie admitted pushing Sylla twice - but blamed the Parisian for using "aggression" and shouting as he tried to board.

Also appearing in court to contest their bans were Josh Parsons and Jordan Munday whose individual bans were also upheld.

Parsons received a five-year ban after the judge said he demonstrated "xenophobic hostility" while Munday’s lesser ban of three-years was administered on the basis of contributing to disorder, racist singing and pushing a pedestrian.

William Simpson appeared seperatly at Stratford Magistrates' Court, here he was also been banned for five years

The fans admitted being in the carriage and say they pushed Sylla off, but insisted it was because it was too full, not because he was a black man.

A fifth man, Dean Callis, 32, earlier received a five-year banning order for his role in Paris and other incidents involving violence.

The fans were part of group of about 150 Chelsea fans travelling to a Champions League match in Paris when the incident took place in February.

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