Arsene Wenger has condemned the Chelsea fans accused of racially abusing and assaulting a black passenger on the Paris Metro.
The Arsenal manager was asked about the incident in his pre-Crystal Palace press conference, and said the behaviour on show in the now infamous video was awful – and added that strong punishment was needed.
A group of Chelsea supporters were filmed pushing a black passenger of a packed Metro carriage following Chelsea’s match with Paris Saint Germain before chanting “we’re racist and that’s the way we like it”.
“It looked pathetic and dreadful – unfortunately we have all kinds of that but we have to be extremely severe with any incident of that calibre,” he told the assembled press at Arsenal’s pre-Crystal Palace press conference, reports Goal.
“It is society’s problem. Nobody has found a miraculous solution but it starts from childhood and education.
“There is a danger of radical people in every society – there is always a number of people ready for radical solutions and you have to find a way to deal with that.”
Asked whether Jose Mourinho should publicly condemn the fans of his club, Wenger said: “I don’t think managers agree with that type of behaviour.
“Everybody has to be against that type of behaviour, it’s absolutely ridiculous.”
Chelsea have since suspended three supporters they have identified as being involved, and committed to supporting any legal action taken against the culprits.
UEFA meanwhile have said they will be unable to reprimand the club as the incident occurred away from PSG’s stadium and hence outside of their remit.