Several rowdy Chelsea soccer fans in France blocked a black man from boarding a train in Paris while chanting, “We’re racist, we’re racist, and that’s the way we like it.”
The Washington Post interviewed British video journalist Paul Nolan who captured the scene on camera. The soccer hooligans pushed the man off of the train car as he repeatedly tried to enter the open door. Nolan said he had started to board the same train earlier, but decided not to after seeing how out-of-control the Chelsea fans appeared to be.
“I could have gotten on that train, but it was so crammed with supporters of Chelsea, that I decided to wait for the next one,” Nolan told The Washington Post in an interview. They wouldn’t allow anyone onto the train, and things quickly started getting “very aggressive and very nasty. There were threats of beatings. They said they’re going to knife someone … and people were clearly very intimidated.”
The video, which was originally posted on The Guardian’s news site, has since gone viral. London’s Chelsea Football Club condemned the fans behavior, saying in a statement:
“Such behavior 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.”
Watch the video below: