Racial abuse victim will not attend the Champions League match at Stamford Bridge
Souleymane S, the French man who was racially abused less than a month ago at the Paris metro by a group of Chelsea fans, says he will not be attending the Chelsea vs Paris Saint-Germain match set to take place at Stamford Bridge tonight. Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho had invited Souleymane to come and attend the 2nd leg in London, but the father of three declined the offer saying he was still disturbed after the events that had unfolded last month.
Jim Michel-Gabriel, the victim’s lawyer stated that his client would not be attending the match claiming “it was too early for him to watch a match”.
Souleymane was also heard saying that he had no intentions of being around a stadium filled with Chelsea fans, adding that the incident had given him sleepless nights ever since.
"I won't go. They can't buy me with a little piece of paper. I’m not a child,” Souleymane said. “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 color of my skin. 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.”
If the incident was to go to trial, there is a high possibility that the group of racist fans would face a three-year prison sentence and a £31,633 fine.
Chelsea has also stated that they would not let the incident slide by, saying that they would ban the group of racist supporters for life.