Rio Ferdinand voices concerns following racism from Chelsea fans

by Ben Topliss

Former Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand has questioned whether or not the authorities can stamp racism out of football after a group of Chelsea fans shoved a black man off a Paris tube train on Tuesday night.

Footage obtained by the Guardian appeared to show a small group of Chelsea fans refusing to let a black man on the train.

They then chanted “we’re racist, we’re racist and that’s the way we like it” after the man was pushed away.

The incident, which occured after Chelsea’s 1-1 draw with Paris Saint-Germain in the Champions League, has been universally condemned. Ferdinand voiced his concerns on social media but questioned whether or not the footballing authorities can remove racism from the game.

Speaking about the racism from the Chelsea fans, Ferdinand said: “The racist scene on the metro with the Chelsea fans; disgraceful behaviour obviously. But can football change this? Does it have the power?

“Does football want to change this? Do the people in the game that hold the power really want to put the hard yards in to eradicate racism?”

The man prevented from boarding the train has since called for the fans to be punished. Chelsea are assisting the police as they continue their investigation into the matter and are prepared to ban all those responsible.

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