French prosecutors demand 6-12 month suspended sentences for Chelsea fans over Paris metro racism

The incident happened before Chelsea's match with Paris Saint Germain in the Champions League

Chelsea fans were caught on camera pushing a black man out of a tube train

Tuesday, January 3, 2017

French prosecutors have demanded a suspended sentence of between six and 12 months for the Chelsea fans accused of racist violence in Paris.

The case relates to an incident before Chelsea's match at Paris Saint Germain in the Champions League in February 2015, when a group of supporters prevented a black man from entering a busy Metro train.

The supporters were caught on camera chanting "we're racist, we're racist, and that's the way we like it" after repeatedly preventing Souleymane Sylla from entering their carriage, pushing him as he tried to get on the train.

The footage was filmed by a British bystander and picked up on CCTV cameras, sparking international outrage upon its publication.

The trial, which begin early today, is expected to be wrapped up in just one day.