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Former RUC officer among four Chelsea fans found guilty over racist incident on Paris train

Four Chelsea fans have been found guilty of racist violence in Paris, almost two years after they allegedly blocked a black man from boarding a Paris metro train.

The Chelsea supporters were given suspended prison sentences ranging from six months to a year. They must also pay 10,000 euros (£8,500) in damages to the victim.

Joshua Parsons, 22, and James Fairbairn, 25, had denied their actions of February 2015 were racist in nature.

Their two co-accused, Richard Barklie of Victoria Street, Carrickfergus - a 52-year-old former RUC police officer, and William Simpson, 27, were tried in absentia.

The incident happened in February 2015 before a Champions League game against Paris Saint-Germain.

Video showed Souleymane Sylla being pushed off the train by Chelsea supporters, who were singing: "We're racist, we're racist, and that's the way we like it."

Mr Sylla said: "That's things we used to see in films actually. I used to hear the story of Rosa Parks," referring to the US civil rights pioneer arrested in 1955 for refusing to give her bus seat to a white passenger.

"I didn't believe it would happen to me", he told FranceInfo radio.

Two French anti-racist associations, SOS Racisme and LICRA, backed Mr Sylla's legal action.

Barklie, Parsons and Fairbairn have already been banned from football stadiums in Britain.


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