Four Chelsea fans convicted over racist abuse of black man
Four had stopped French man from boarding Paris metro train in February 2015
Richard Barklie (above), an ex-Royal Ulster Constabulary and Police Service of Northern Ireland officer, from Carrickfergus, Northern Ireland was given a 12-month suspended sentence on charges of committing racist violence and making chants of a racist nature. File photograph: PA
Souleymane Sylla speaks to the press at the Palais de Justice in Paris during the trial of four British men accused of racist violence towards him in February 2015. The four were convicted. Photograph: Bertrand Guay/AFP/Getty Images
Four Chelsea fans were convicted, given suspended jail sentences and fined by a Paris court on Tuesday for committing racist violence when they stopped a black French man from boarding a metro underground train in the French capital in February 2015.
Video footage had shown the four, who were there to watch the London club play Paris St Germain in a Champions League match, chanting: “We’re racist and that’s the way we like it” as they blocked Souleymane Sylla from getting on the train.
The four were ordered to pay €10,000 (£8,500) in total to Mr Sylla.