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Racially abused Paris man to attend PSG  - Chelsea match
Souleymane Sylla will attend the Champions League rematch between Chelsea and Paris Saint-Germain

Racially abused Paris man to attend PSG - Chelsea match

The Local · 16 Feb 2016, 17:18

Published: 16 Feb 2016 17:18 GMT+01:00

The 33-year-old French-Mauritian father of three was violently pushed out of a train numerous times last February by English fans who were seen on video footage chanting "we're racist, we're racist, and that's the way we like it".

Sylla will attend the Champions League last 16 first leg tie in Parc des Princes after receiving an invitation from anti-racism groups.

"PSG (Sportitude and SOS Racism) invited me and I want to go," he told French daily Le Parisien.

"I want to show the English and especially my attackers that I'm still here, and doing well. Even if the wound that opened that night has still not closed."

Speaking to the BBC on the eve of the match he said that he would continue to fight for justice, adding: “If Chelsea fans want to speak to me I’ll speak to them – they’re people after all.”

Describing how he felt a year on from the incident, he said: “Listen, my wounds have once again opened.

“I feel better, but it’s a matter of working with them. You know, the problem is that I am wounded, and my family are hurt too. Imagine that you have a seven-year-old child who is growing up with racism – it’s really bad.

Four Chelsea supporters were given football banning orders at an English court in July, although they denied racist chanting and said the carriage was simply full.

But a district judge banned them because of "compelling" video evidence.

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Former police officer Richard Barklie, 50, Joshua Parsons, 20, and William Simpson, 26, were all banned from attending football matches for the maximum time of five years, while Jordan Munday, 20, was banned for three years.

"There are two parts to this: one is in Great Britain where the individuals were given stadium bans," Sylla's lawyer Jim Michel-Gabriel said.

"The other is in Paris where the prosecutor is still investigating a 'racist assault by a group on public transport'."

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