Chelsea fans could be jailed for five years over 2015 Paris Metro racism

Souleymane Sylla seen in February 2017

Souleymane Sylla, the man prevented from boarding a Paris Metro carriage by Chelsea fans, is seen in February 2017

Tuesday, January 3, 2017

Four Chelsea fans are standing trial in Paris today over a fracas involving a black commuter in the French capital last February.

The four supporters are accused of racist violence over the incident, in which they were filmed preventing Souleymane Sylla boarding a crowded Metro carriage in the hours before Chelsea's match at Paris Saint Germain in the Champions League.

The footage, taken by Briton Paul Nolan, shows Sylla attempt to board the train at the Richelieu–Drouot station several times only to be pushed back.

The supporters are seen chanting "We're racist, we're racist, and that's the way we like it" as they push Sylla away from the carriage.

The incident, which was also caught on CCTV, prompted a French police investigation with the cooperation from the Metropolitan police.

The trial is expected to last one day before the verdict is passed. If found guilty, the four supporters face a penalty of up to five years in prison and a €75,000 (£64,000) fine.

Footage of the incident can be seen below, courtesy of The Guardian.