Chelsea fan suspended by employer for Paris Metro racism incident


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Chelsea fan suspended by employer for Paris Metro racism incident

By Joe Lago Feb 20, 2015 – FC Yahoo

Josh Parsons has been identified as one of the Chelsea fans at the scene of the Paris Metro racism incident.
The Chelsea supporters who were caught on video pushing a black French man off a Paris Metro train and singing a racist chant are starting to pay the price for their actions.7b962640-b91f-11e4-99f0-c591ae639f61_premierleague
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On Friday, the only fan to be publicly identified on the video – Josh Parsons – was suspended by his employer, Business and Commercial Finance Club, while the London firm conducts its internal investigation.
It’s not known if the 21-year-old Parsons pushed the man off the train or sang along with the other Chelsea supporters. Part-DV-DV1967301-1-1-0His family has come to his defense, calling him “a lovely boy who has never been in any trouble,” but Parsons has also been criticized for being photographed with Nigel Farage, the leader of UKIP, an extreme right-wing political party in the United Kingdom.
On Thursday, the Premier League club announced that it had identified three of the fans who were involved and suspended them from Stamford Bridge while it continues its ongoing investigation. The three unnamed supporters could be banned for life if Chelsea finds enough evidence.
Video of the incident surfaced on Tuesday shortly after Chelsea played Paris Saint-Germain to a 1-1 draw at Parc des Princes in the UEFA Champions League round of 16. Chelsea quickly condemned the acts of the fans, who can be seen singing “We’re racist, we’re racist and that’s the way we like it.”
On Thursday, the victim, a 33-year-old man who lives in a town north of Paris, made a criminal complaint to Paris police and demanded that the fans be punished. “These people, these English supporters, must be found, punished and locked up,” the victim told Le Parisien newspaper.
Joe Lago is the deputy editor and soccer editor of Yahoo Sports. Follow him on Twitter @joelago.

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