Police release images of seven men after alleged racist chanting at St Pancras station following Chelsea match against Paris Saint Germain

Police have said they believe the seven men in the images are Chelsea fans

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Detectives investigating racist chanting at St Pancras station in London following a Chelsea Champions League match last week have released images of seven men they would like to speak to in connection with the incident.

British Transport Police have said the incident took place at about 8pm on Wednesday, 18 February, roughly 24 hours after a similar incident on the Paris Metro before Chelsea's match against Paris Saint Germain. Police are now seeking the group of seven men, believed to be Chelsea fans, in connection with the investigation.

Detective Sergeant Steven Graysmark said: "I want anyone who knows the men in the photographs to come forward. I believe the seven, thought to be Chelsea fans, can help us with the investigation.

"Do you know any of the men in the images? If so, please contact BTP."


Officers want to speak to the men in connection with the alleged incident on Wednesday, 18 February (British Transport Police)

The incident at St Pancras is said to have taken place the day after a black man was subjected to alleged racist abuse on the Paris Metro.

Footage of the incident was captured by a British expatriate on his mobile phone and sent to the Guardian.

In a statement today, solicitor John Kaye, engaged by Chelsea fan Jamie Fairbairn, 23, said his client had accepted being among those in the Metro train carriage during the incident involving the black man, Souleymane Sylla.

Mr Kaye said Mr Fairbairn denies preventing Mr Sylla from boarding or using words of a racist or threatening nature.

He said his client also denies saying anything of a racist nature during his visit to Paris or later at St Pancras.

Mr Kaye said Mr Fairbairn was not even present during the alleged racist chanting incident at St Pancras.

The solicitor also said media interest in the story had forced Mr Fairbairn to move away from his home and he had been suspended from work.

"On behalf of Mr Fairbairn, I have been in contact with the Metropolitan Police to offer Mr Fairbairn's assistance as a witness," Mr Kaye said.

Anyone with information on the incident at St Pancras should contact BTP on 0800 405040, or by text, on 61016, quoting reference B8/ESUB of 24 February 2015. Information can also be passed anonymously to Crimestoppers, on 0800 555111.

Additional reporting by PA