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Five Chelsea fans in dock over Paris Metro chants

By Chris Kilpatrick

Five men have been summonsed to court after racist chanting on the Paris Metro ahead of a Chelsea match.

They will appear at Waltham Forest Magistrates Court on March 25 "regarding a police application for football banning orders", Scotland Yard said.

Controversy erupted last month when Chelsea fans were filmed singing racist chants and refusing to let a black man on a tube train ahead of a Champions League match against Paris St Germain.

It is understood that the five do not include Richard Barklie, a former RUC officer from Carrickfergus who was filmed on the train. Mr Barklie has denied any racist chanting or being part of the group of fans.

The banning orders are issued by courts following a conviction for a football-related offence after a complaint by the Crown Prosecution Service or a local police force. Breaches of the orders can result in a sentence of up to six months in prison.

The development came hours before the two teams met in the return leg of the tie in London last night.

Five men have been summonsed to court after racist chanting on the Paris Metro ahead of a Chelsea match.

They will appear at Waltham Forest Magistrates Court on March 25 "regarding a police application for football banning orders", Scotland Yard said.

Controversy erupted last month when Chelsea fans were filmed singing racist chants and refusing to let a black man on a tube train ahead of a Champions League match against Paris St Germain.

It is understood that the five do not include Richard Barklie, a former RUC officer from Carrickfergus who was filmed on the train. Mr Barklie has denied any racist chanting or being part of the group of fans.

The banning orders are issued by courts following a conviction for a football-related offence after a complaint by the Crown Prosecution Service or police.

Breaches of the orders can result in up to six months in jail.

The development came before the teams met in the return leg of the tie in London last night.

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