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Amateur footage posted online shows the commuter trying to board a metro train in the French capital but a group of football fans are shown shouting at and gesturing to him before pushing him out of the carriage when he steps in.

On a second attempt he points to a space where he could stand but is pushed away again as he steps forward, before the group of males erupt into a chant while other commuters look on.

The supporters are thought to have been travelling to the Parc des Princes ground for the Champions League match against Paris St Germain last night which ended in a draw.

Chelsea released a statement condemning the incident and said it will take action if members are found to be involved.

“Such behaviour is abhorrent and has no place in football or society,” the club said.

“We will support any criminal action against those involved, and should evidence point to involvement of Chelsea season-ticket holders or members the club will take the strongest possible action against them, including banning orders.”

Kick It Out chairman Lord Ouseley condemned the incident and called for Chelsea, and football, to avoid complacency over incidents of a similar nature.

“We know that prejudice is on the increase and that in itself leads to hateful attitudes and this sort of conduct,??? Lord Ouseley said.

“I was shocked that Chelsea fans were still behaving like this.

???I thought the club had made it quite clear and taken action about stopping any repetition, knowing Chelsea, how hard they’ve worked on these matters, with fans as well as players, that it was unlikely to occur.

“The fact it involved an assault as well, of the individual that they pushed off the train, was even more shocking.

“Clearly it sends out a strong signal to, not only Chelsea, but the whole of football, that you cannot be complacent and think the actions you’re taking are sufficient to deal with the scourge of racism, sexism, homophobia and anti-Semitism.”

Kick It Out hopes anyone implicated is banned from football, not just from Chelsea matches.

“We’ll support any prosecution,” Lord Ouseley added.

“I would hope it would extend to banning them from going to any football match.”

Lord Ouseley is uncertain if UEFA, European football’s governing body which was in charge of Tuesday night’s Champions League tie, can take action.

He added: “I think UEFA will inevitably look at it. It happened outside of the game, on a public transport system.

“Football, while it has to deal with those fans in a proper way – and the club is saying that it will – realistically you cannot simply look at it in a footballing context and make UEFA responsible for people who are travelling.

“The responsibility goes to the club and their travelling supporters.”