Paris - The Frenchman who was the victim of racist abuse by Chelsea
football fans on the Paris Metro has received a personal message from
President Francois Hollande.
The president took the unusual step
of speaking to Souleymane S. on the telephone on Friday to express his
sympathy over his ordeal.
"President @fhollande spoke to
Souleymane S and offered his support over the odious racial attack he
suffered," the Elysee announced on its Twitter account.
S, a French-Mauritanian was blocked from boarding a train by fans
travelling to the Parc des Princes for the 1-1 draw against Paris
Saint-Germain in the Champions League on Tuesday.
by a bystander appears to show him being pushed back on to the platform
amid chants of "We're racist, we're racist and that's the way we like
Chelsea have condemned the attack and have suspended a total
of five people from attending matches at their Stamford Bridge ground,
with the potential for life bans.
Chelsea and their manager Jose
Mourinho had extended an invitation to Souleymane to attend a match but
the keen taekwondo enthusiast said he would be declining it.
am touched by the invitation from Mr Mourinho, but I'm not in the right
frame of mind to go to a stadium at the moment," he told newspaper Le
Parisien on Saturday.