Chelsea suspends ‘racist’ fans

The club said if these fans were found guilty they would be banned from matches for life.

Screengrab from a Youtube video of Chelsea fans preventing a man from boarding a Paris Métro train before the Chelsea and Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) Champions League last 16 match on 17 February 2014.

JOHANNESBURG - Chelsea Football Club announced that it has suspended three supporters as part of its investigation into a racist incident on the Paris Metro.

Hours before the Chelsea and Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) Champions League last-16 match, Chelsea fans who were travelling to the Parc des Princes ground on Tuesday, stopped a black man from boarding a Paris M├ętro train.

Police have confirmed that a complaint has been filed.

The passenger, known only as Souleymane S, has spoken out and said: "I had no idea I had been filmed. Talking about it now gives me the courage to file a complaint with the police."

He also said he wants those responsible found and locked up.

Worldwide coverage began shortly after a video of the incident was released and went viral on social networks.

WATCH: Chelsea fans stop a black man from boarding a train.

The fans chanted "Chelsea" and " We're racist and that's the way we like it" as they pushed the man off the train.

On Thursday, Chelsea released a statement to announce three supporters had been identified and suspended, pending further investigation.

In the statement, the club said if these fans were found guilty they would be banned for life from matches.

"We have received substantial information to date following our witness appeal and we are grateful to the many Chelsea supporters who have provided information so far."

Due to the ongoing investigation, these fans are not allowed to attend Saturday's Premier League match with Burnley at Stamford Bridge.

"GAME FOR EQUALITY"

As Chelsea clashes with Burnley, it says the match will be a celebration of diversity and inclusion as this will mark their second annual Game for Equality.

Chelsea says the aim of the match is to 'show racism the red card' and tackle discrimination in all forms.

Saturday will be our Game for Equality, celebrating the club's diversity and inclusion work... http://t.co/DCdtqaQrYM pic.twitter.com/sNdIyPNtJ7