Arsenal legend Henry: You can't have a go at Chelsea over racist fans video

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Arsenal legend Thierry Henry has been speaking about the deplorable video which circulated in Paris.

Former Arsenal striker Thierry Henry believes Chelsea should not be blamed over the video of fans shouting racist songs on a metro train in Paris.

Speaking to ITV, the Frenchman has said however that football must have a zero tolerance attitude to racism, and must do whatever it takes to tackle the problem.

Henry sad: "You can’t have a go at Chelsea because it’s difficult to control who is going to travel, you can’t have that control."

A video was published by The Guardian of a black man being pushed off a train by Chelsea fans, who went onto sing racist songs. Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger called the incident 'pathetic' at his press conference last week.

Chelsea banned three fans from Stamford Bridge for life, as reported by the same paper, who were identified from the video.

Henry's further comments showed how the incident was far from an isolated one in football, explaining how he experienced abuse during his career. His words suggest it is still a serious issue which deeply concern him, and as much as possible must be done to tackle it.

"You play a game and you try to concentrate and keep your composure and what you hear sometimes is ‘black’ this and ’monkey’ and monkey chants and people spitting at you when you take a corner kick and it is not easy. It is not easy and that has to stop and what has to be done for it to stop, I don’t know.

"You need to have a zero tolerance, I believe in that."

Henry is right in that simply vilifying Chelsea over the incident will not stop it happening in future, but tough action will. The club's banning orders, and the likelihood that further behaviour could be exposed by others and posted online is also likely to act as some sort of deterrent, for what is also a society issue and not just a footballing one.

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