Chelsea FC and West Ham United are under pressure to address racism and antisemitism at their clubs after a series of incidents with their fans singing offensive chants.
On 17 February, a video appeared online showing Chelsea football fans preventing a black man from boarding a train in Paris shortly before the Champions League match between Chelsea and Paris Saint-Germain. The unidentified man is seen being pushed from the train back onto the platform at the Richelieu-Drouot station before the Chelsea fans start chanting:
“We’re racist, we’re racist and that’s the way we like it”
The day after the Champions League match, Chelsea fans reportedly chanted racist slurs as they travelled home via St. Pancras station. A member of the public whow as disgusted by the chants reported the incident to the British Transport Police (BTP).
Some West Ham fans filmed a video to mock the racist Chelsea supporters, demonstrating their support of the diversity of the game.
However, video has also emerged of West Ham fans singing offensive antisemitic chants while on the Tube when the club drew 2-2 with Tottenham Hotspur over the weekend. The fans can be heard singing:
“I’ve got a foreskin, how about you? F*****g Jew”
Both clubs have condemned the racist and antisimitic actions of their fans, and have said that they will ban the fans involved from their stadiums.