Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : February 19th 2015 Contents A44
Guardian www.guardian.co.tt Thursday, February 19, 2015
PARIS---With a racist song ringing
in his ears, a black man trying to board
a subway train in Paris stood back
after twice being pushed away by a
group of Chelsea soccer fans.
It happened Tuesday at Richelieu
Drouout metro station, a short time
before Chelsea played Paris Saint-Ger-
main in the Champions League. Yes-
terday, the Paris prosecutor s office
opened an investigation into racially-
motivated violence on public transport.
In a video of the incident posted
online by the Guardian newspaper, the
man dressed in a long overcoat and
with a bag hanging from his left shoul-
der tries to board the train and is pushed
away. He then pushes back and says
in French "Can I get on or what?"
before again being shoved away.
A black woman walked away from
the chanters moments later.
The carriage, mixed with Parisian
commuters and English football fans
making their way to the game, is
packed. But there is enough standing
space for one more person, as is evident
when the man steps inside before being
pushed away the first time.
The fans---some of whom chanted
"Chelsea, Chelsea, Chelsea"---then sing
"we re racist, we re racist, and that s
the way we like it."
At about that time, several Paris
transport officials walk past the group,
but do not intervene, and the black
woman leaves the adjacent carriage.
The identities of the men in the
video, including the victim, have not
yet been established, prosecutor s office
spokeswoman Agnes Thibault-Lecuivre
told The Associated Press. The max-
imum penalty possible according to the
French criminal code is three years in
prison and a 45,000 euro (US$51,000)
Christiane Taubira, the French justice
minister, referred to the video on the
EUROPA LEAGUE RESUMES
WITH TWO BIG MATCHUPS
Two matches between teams
from Britain and Italy headline the
last 32 of the Europa League as the
continent's second-tier competition
resumes at the knockout stage
When Celtic and Inter Milan met
for the first time, they contested the
final of the 1967 European Cup to
win the biggest prize in club football.
Indeed, for Inter, winning the
Europa League appears the only way
the team can get back into the
Champions League, which it won
only five years ago under Jose
Fiorentina is also part of a strong
five-team representation for Italy in
the Europa League and Vincenzo
Montella's side face a tough two-
legged match against Tottenham.
NO ALIBIS FOR ROMA
Roma fans probably figured they
had witnessed the worst of it during
a 7-1 thrashing at home by Bayern
Munich in the Champions League in
October. Now, five consecutive
draws at home in Serie A are testing
Rudi Garcia's men were whistled
off the pitch after being held
scoreless by last-place Parma on
Sunday, leaving Roma seven points
behind leader Juventus. Roma was
also eliminated from the Italian Cup
Having dropped out of the
Champions League, Roma --- Italy's
highest-ranked representative ---
opens its Europa League campaign
against Feyenoord at the Stadio
Besiktas hasn't forgotten the last
time the team visited Anfield. It was
2007 and the Turkish side lost 8-0, a
result that remains Besiktas'
heaviest European defeat and is the
heaviest loss sustained by any club
in the Champions League.
"There is an account which wasn't
settled in England from previous
years," Besiktas board member
Ahmet Nur Cebi said.
Sevilla is looking to win the
competition two years running, like
it did in capturing the UEFA Cup ---
the pre-cursor to the Europa League
--- in 2006 and '07.
History is with the holders, who
have won their last five European
games at the Ramon Sanchez
Pizjuan stadium and are undefeated
in nine home games against German
clubs in UEFA competitions.
Sevilla is coming off a 3-0
thrashing of local rival Cordoba.
SMALL TOWN, RISING STARS
Not many people had heard of star
striker Didier Drogba when he was
with Guingamp, which plays
Now there is a new star emerging
from the little-known club with one
of the smallest budgets in French
football, and which plays in a
northwestern town of just 8,000
inhabitants --- compared to Kiev's
population of nearly three million.
Winger Claudio Beauvue has been
a revelation this season, scoring 19
goals in all competitions for
Guingamp, and Kiev's defenders will
be paying close attention.
floor of the National Assembly
yesterday, saying racism has no
place in France.
London s Metropolitan Police
said it will examine the footage to
see if any banning orders can be
applied, and will assist French
authorities to "identify the people
Chelsea, which has appealed for
witnesses, said it would also take
action---including banning orders---
"Such behaviour is abhorrent
and has no place in football or soci-
ety," the English club said in a state-
ment. "We will support any crim-
inal action against those involved."
Chelsea's Cesc Fabregas, right, and Ramires exchanges words with Paris Saint Germain's David Luiz during
the Champions League round of 16 first leg match at the Parc des Princes stadium in Paris, France, on
Tuesday AP PHOTO
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