LONDON – Jose Mourinho says he feels “ashamed” about the incident in Paris in which a man was racially abused by Chelsea fans.
The Premier League club suspended a further two men on Friday, bringing the total to five fans banned from Stamford Bridge as part of the ongoing investigation into the incident on Tuesday night.
A commuter, identified in media reports as French-Mauritanian Souleymane S, wasblocked from entering a train by what appeared to be a group of fans travelling to the Parc des Princes for the Champions League match against Paris Saint-Germain.
Mourinho said he feels “ashamed” by the incident, but insists he remains proud to be Chelsea manager after distancing the club from the supporters who racially abused the man.
“We feel ashamed but maybe we shouldn’t because I refuse to be connected with these people,” Mourinho said.
“I’m connected with Chelsea and so many good things this club defends and represents. I left Chelsea in 2007 and I couldn’t wait to be back. It’s not because of people like this that I wanted to be back.
“I felt ashamed when I knew what happened, but I repeat, I’m a proud Chelsea manager because I know what this club is. These people don’t represent the club.”
The club has invited the victim to come to Stamford Bridge to watch a match, and Mourinho supports the idea.
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