Chelsea fan racism typical of "cruel and casual" abuse in Europe

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Rupert Colville, spokesperson for the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR). UN Photo

Chelsea football fans aren't the only ones responsible for racist slurs which happen all the time in Europe, the UN High Commissioner's office has said.

It says it wants action against racism which escapes unnoticed because it hasn't been filmed like the incident in the Paris underground on Tuesday, as Daniel Johnson reports.

Racist chants that were targeted at a black man by Chelsea football fans are typical of the "cruel and casual" abuse happening all the time, the UN said Friday.

The comments by the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights come after the London football team's fans were filmed repeatedly stopping a 33-year-old man from boarding the Paris underground earlier this week.

In a video that's been distributed widely on the internet, the Chelsea fans can be heard shouting: "We're racist and that's the way we like it."

The events happened ahead of a Champions League game in the French capital on Tuesday evening.

Here's Rupert Colville, spokesperson for the UN Human Right office in Geneva:

"This was not an isolated incident; similar acts of cruel and casual racism take place every day all across Europe without raising indignation because they are not caught on camera."

Mr Colville said that the UN has been working with the sport's governing bodies FIFA and UEFA to eradicate racism from football, but much clearly needs to be done.

He repeated comments made by the Paris victim, who's been named only as Souleyman S, saying that he wasn't surprised at the slurs, since he "lives with racism all the time".

Daniel Johnson, United Nations

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