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Police launch new investigation after reports of racist and abusive behaviour from Chelsea fans

NewsBy Neil Fetherston
Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho said he was "ashamed" by the events in Paris
Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho said he was "ashamed" by the events in Paris

Police in the UK have launched an investigation after reports of racist and abusive behaviour from Chelsea fans on a train from London to Manchester on Sunday night.

British Transport Police asked four men to leave the train as it entered Stoke station. Four others left of their own accord.

It follows an alleged racist incident involving Chelsea supporters on the Paris Metro last month ahead of the club's Champions League last 16 first leg clash with Paris St Germain.

That incident is still being investigated by British and French authorities.

A British Transport Police spokesman said: "Shortly after 10.30pm on Sunday, March 1, officers were called to meet a Euston-to-Manchester Piccadilly train at Stoke, following reports of racist and abusive behaviour by a number of passengers, said to be football fans.

"Colleagues from Staffordshire Police also attended. Officers asked four men to leave the train at Stoke. We have spoken to two witnesses, and investigations continue.

"Rail passengers and staff have the right to travel and work in peace. Abusive behaviour on trains and at stations is unacceptable, and we will not hesitate to investigate any such incidents."

The latest incident occurred after Chelsea beat Tottenham 2-0 to win the Capital One Cup at Wembley on Sunday.

The former RUC cop at the centre of the Paris Metro race-hate row involving Chelsea fans told Sunday World he pushed a black man from the train carriage “because it was too full”.

Stamford Bridge season ticket holder Ricky Barklie claims he has endured 10 days of hell following the rail carriage rumpus which happened prior to the London club’s Champions League clash with French side Paris Saint Germain.  

Last Sunday, in a world exclusive, we revealed that Barklie was the man filmed repeatedly pushing a black commuter off a train as fellow Chelsea fans belted out a repertoire of racist songs and chants.

However, Barklie emphatically denied being a racist or a religious bigot.

He told Sunday World: “I’m not a racist and I never have been a racist.”

Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho said he was "ashamed" by the events in Paris, while owner Roman Abramovich was said to be "disgusted".