On Tuesday night, world football was once again reminded of how ugly racism is in the game of football as some Chelsea fans were caught on camera stopping a man from boarding a metro bus.
The man identified as Souleymanne was denied access by a group of people who later claimed to be Chelsea fans who were chanting “We’re racists and that’s the way we like it”. the first manager to react was Mourinho, stating “I felt ashamed when I found out but these supporters do not represent the club.” Mourinho went on to insist that the fans be handed lifetime bans from any involvement with the club. Arsenal manager, Arsene Wenger said he was appalled by the behavior and urged Chelsea and UEFA to reprimand the fans, QPR boss Chris Ramsey, the only black manager in the Premier League, said those involved were “not fans of football”. Frank Lampard also reacted calling the racist fans “a disgrace to football”. Other football executives including Sepp Blatter have reacted angrily to the incident.
Chelsea have written a letter of apology to Souleymanne, who was so distraught after the incidence and have invited him to be a guest at one of the league leaders’ matches.