The Fifa president has spoken out against a video which shows travelling Blues supporters racially abusing a man in Paris before the club’s Champions League tie with PSG
Fifa president Sepp Blatter has hit out at a group of Chelsea supporters, after they were filmed racially abusing a black man on the Paris Metro system.
Footage emerged on Tuesday night of a group of fans blocking a man from boarding a train, while other people can be heard singing, “We’re racist, we’re racist and that’s the way we like it.”
The leader of world football’s governing body has now stepped in to have his say on the events.
Via his Twitter feed, Blatter said: “I also condemn the actions of a small group of Chelsea fans in Paris. There is no place for racism in football!”
I also condemn the actions of a small group of Chelsea fans in Paris. There is no place for racism in football!
— Joseph S Blatter (@SeppBlatter) February 18, 2015
Uefa, meanwhile, insists it is beyond its remit to take action against the fans, as the incident took place away from the stadium, though it “condemns all forms of discrimination and we are appalled by the incident.
“It is a matter for the local authorities to investigate further and Uefa supports any action that is taken.”
Chelsea were quick to condemn the conduct of those involved in a strongly-worded statement issued on Tuesday night: “Such behaviour is abhorrent and has no place in football or society.
“We will support any criminal action against those involved, and should evidence point to involvement of Chelsea season-ticket holders or members the club will take the strongest possible action against them, including banning orders.”
That is a stance which has been backed up by the Football Association (FA) in statement: “The FA fully supports Chelsea’s position in seeking to ban any of the club’s season-ticket holders or members who face criminal action in relation to these abhorrent scenes.
“The FA, like the club, completely condemn such disgraceful behaviour which is a criminal offence and those responsible should face the strongest possible punishment.”