Chelsea fans convicted for racist act in Paris

Published: January 11, 2017
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Joshua Parsons was one of the four Chelsea fans who were given suspended prison sentences for racist violence in France. 
PHOTO: AFP

Joshua Parsons was one of the four Chelsea fans who were given suspended prison sentences for racist violence in France. PHOTO: AFP

Four fans of the Premier League club Chelsea have been convicted of racist violence and were given suspended prison sentences.

The incident took place in February 2015, when Chelsea travelled Paris to face PSG in the Champions League round-of-16 tie.

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In the video which was recorded by an Englishman Paul Nolan, it can be seen that a black commuter was pushed off the train at the Paris Metro carriage.

The convicted fans can be heard chanting “We’re racist, we’re racist, and that’s the way we like it.”

The video sparked strong reaction from all over the sporting world along with politicians, including then French and British prime ministers, who condemn the attack.

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In the trail which was attended by only two of the four convicted, the court ordered the accused to pay €10,000 to the victim.

The victim of the incident was 35-year-old Persian salesman Soulemane Sylla, who said he is glad to see the justice done. “I am glad to see justice done,” he said while talking to The Guardian. “I have been waiting for justice for two years.”

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