Chelsea fans to appear in court over Paris Metro incident

The alleged suspects involved in the Paris Metro incident
The alleged suspects involved in the Paris Metro incident

Five Chelsea supporters suspected of being involved in an alleged racist incident in Paris in which a black man was prevented from boarding a train will appear in court.

The controversy erupted when fans were filmed on the Paris Metro before the west London club's match against Paris St Germain in February.

Several Chelsea supporters chanted: "We're racist, we're racist and that's the way we like it."

The Metropolitan Police is applying for football banning orders to be imposed on five men the force believes were involved in the incident.

They are Richard Barklie, 50, of Victoria Street, Carrickfergus, Northern Ireland; Dean Callis, 32, of Liverpool Road, Islington, north London; Jordan Munday, 20, of Ellenborough Road, Sidcup, south-east London; Josh Parsons, 20, of Woodhouse Place, Dorking, Surrey; and William Simpson, 26, of Hengrove Crescent, Ashford, Surrey.

The men will appear at Thames Magistrates Court in east London for a full hearing, which is expected to last two days.

At an earlier hearing in March, prosecutor Ian Rees Phillips told the court the five men opposed the implementation of the banning orders.

He added that video footage would be used as part of the case, as well as evidence from the black man pushed away from the train.

The French commuter kept off the train, Souleymane S, has previously said the incident "destroyed" him and left him unable to work or travel on public transport. He said his children had been left "traumatised" by reports of what happened and that he had become depressed.