Mourinho: We’re ashamed

Five men could face life bans from football after being suspended from Stamford Bridge by Chelsea, after the club announced a further two people had been suspended on Friday, as part of the ongoing investigation into the incident on Tuesday night.

A commuter, identified in media reports as French-Mauritian Souleymane S, was blocked 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.

“I think he would watch not only the game, but he would feel what Chelsea is. At this moment he will have the wrong idea of what Chelsea Football Club is,” he said.

“I don’t know if the gentleman loves football. But the miserable people who had this action with him, this is not Chelsea – they are not Chelsea. It’s the owner, the board, the manager, the players, the people who work here. It’s also the true Chelsea supporter.

“So yes I support the idea, even if I don’t know if he loves football or not.”??

Asked how the squad had responded to the incident, he said: “They had the same reaction as we all had. I had a squad at Chelsea where it was around 12 or 14 players with African nationality or connection.??

“This dressing room – even without me as manager – I am sure this dressing room was always one with big principles of equality, not just about race, but religion. They reacted with disappointment, condemning the situation and supporting the gentleman.”