Victim will not be at Stamford Bridge for tonight’s game…
Souleymane Sylla, the victim of vile racist abuse by Chelsea fans on a Paris metro train, has said he will not accept an invitation to visit Stamford Bridge for the Blues Champions League second leg against Paris Saint Germain.
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Eurosport reports how Jose Mourinho had personally invited the man to travel to London for tonight’s game with the Ligue 1 champions but Mr Sylla says he will not be bought off by the club.
“I won’t go. They can’t buy me with a little piece of paper. I’m not a child,” Souleymane told RTL radio. “I don’t want to sit in that stadium next to those people who pushed me.”
“I still hear the voices of those people who pushed me because of the colour of my skin,” he said.
“I can’t go to work anymore. I live with racism but it’s the first time I’ve had to go to a doctor to ask for pills to calm myself down.”
Following the publication of a video which captured the events, Paris and London police launched investigations into the incident whilst Chelsea said they would issue banning orders to those involved.
Five people have so far been suspended from attending Chelsea fixtures while the club continue their inquiries.
Police released the images of three men thought to be involved last month with one alleged to be a former policeman and currently a director with a human rights organisation according to the Telegraph.
“I want these people to be prosecuted and justice to be done,” Souleymane said.
“Racism must stop.”