Chelsea fan previously defended yob supporters on Paris MetroDecember 12, 2018
Ex-BT manager accused of racially abusing Raheem Sterling at Chelsea match previously defended yob supporters who kicked black man off train in Paris saying: ‘It’s not illegal to be racist’
- Colin Wing, 60, from Beckenham, identified as screaming at Raheem Sterling
- Wing has apologised but said he called him a ‘Manc c***’ not a ‘black c***’
- Previously defended Chelsea fans who kicked black man off the Paris metro
- Chelsea has suspended four fans and are helping police with investigation
- Scotland Yard is yet to make any arrests despite having names of the men
- Do you know Mr Wing or any of the men screaming abuse at Raheem Sterling? Contact: [email protected] or [email protected]
A Chelsea fan accused of racially abusing Raheem Sterling previously defended yob blues supporters who kicked a black man off a train in Paris by saying: ‘It’s not illegal to be racist’.
Colin Wing, 60, was caught on camera screaming insults at the Manchester City player in a Premier League match at Stamford Bridge on Saturday – but he denies the abuse was racist.
Mr Wing, from Beckenham, south-east London, apologised to Sterling and said he has lost his job and his season ticket at Chelsea, after 50 years watching the club, adding: ‘Everybody’s got what they wanted’.
It can now be revealed Mr Wing intervened in another Chelsea racism row in 2015, when a group of supporters stopped Paris commuter Souleymane Sylla from getting on a metro train, before singing: ‘we’re racist, we’re racist, and that’s the way we like it’.
The story referenced one of the members of the group, Josh Parsons, being suspended from his job as a probe was launched into the incident. Parsons was later handed a five-year banning order by a judge.
Mr Wing’s comment, which was uncovered by The Sun, prompted angry replies from other Facebook users, including from one person who wrote: ‘I think you should watch the video, mate.’
Colin Wing, 60, from Beckenham, (left and right) has been identified to the Daily Mail as the man hurling insults. He has said he is ‘ashamed’ but insisted he called Raheem Sterling a ‘Manc c***’ not a ‘black c***’ at Stamford Bridge on Saturday
This is the comment Mr Wing posted on Facebook beneath a story about Chelsea fans stopping a black man from boarding the Paris metro in 2015
The notorious video showed Souleymane Sylla trying to get on the train before being pushed back
The man was twice prevented from getting on the carriage as the fans pushed him back on to the platform
Fans were also filmed chanting ‘We’re racist, we’re racist and that’s the way we like it’ while on the train
The married father-of-two, who lives in a £500,000 house and is believed to be a former BT manager, insists that he called Mr Sterling a ‘Manc c***’ not a ‘black c***’, although the England star is understood to have told police he heard racist language. BT insist he left them ‘a while ago’.
Mr Wing said: ‘I’m deeply ashamed by my own behaviour and I feel really bad. But I didn’t call him a black c***, I called him a Manc c***.
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‘I’ve been going to Chelsea for 50 years now and, because of where I sit, I’m picked up on the camera most weeks. If I had a history of saying this sort of thing I would’ve been caught by now’.
The football fanatic, whose Facebook account is full of references to Chelsea, is also active on Twitter where his biography says: ‘If you learn from your mistakes, why am I so stupid?’
The footage of Mr Wing and Chelsea fans abusing the footballer has appalled millions and Mr Sterling has been praised for the way he laughed in the face of the abhorrent abuse.
Despite having the identities of the men involved police are still yet to make any arrests three days on from the incident.
Mr Wing, 60, has lived in Beckenham since 1996 and is a former BT manager.
It is not clear what he does now, although he says he has lost his job as a result of the abuse yelled at Raheem Sterling.
Mr Wing was born in Lambeth, south London, and educated the London Nautical School in Waterloo, where he ‘failed’ his CSEs, according to his LinkedIn account.
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He is married to Theresa and the couple have had a daughter, Stacey, and a son George.
He and three other men have been suspended from attending Chelsea’s home matches at Stamford Bridge.
Mr Wing said last night: ‘Nobody around me said they heard anything. I want to apologise unreservedly to Raheem and hope he can be a better man than I am by accepting it.
‘I offer him an unreserved apology. Even if it wasn’t racist, it’s not right what I said. Even the swearing is bad – but I got carried away.
‘I was completely out of order, but I’ve lost my job and my season ticket now so everybody’s got what they wanted. So why can’t they leave me alone?’
Mr Wing (circled) and three fans next to him are believed to have had their season tickets suspended by Chelsea
Sterling appeared to laugh off the abuse; video footage appeared to show Wing (circled) saying ‘you f****** black c***’ but he claims he said ‘you f****** Manc c***’
Raheem Sterling (pictured today) has reportedly told police that he was racially abused at Stamford Bridge on Saturday
The Manchester City and England man was put through his paces in training today
Sterling takes part in a drill alongside his team-mates ahead of the Hoffenheim game
His sister-in-law, Pauline Wing, has told MailOnline that her brother-in-law was the ‘first one there’ for her and was ‘definitely not a racist’.
The 70-year-old said he keeps his family close and ‘taught his son and daughter good manners from the time they could walk’.
Mr Wing insists he did not use racist language but admits his language was not acceptablebut Raheem Sterling has reportedly told police that he was racially abused at Stamford Bridge on Saturday
Speaking at her house in Morden, south west London, she said: ‘Colin wouldn’t say anything about somebody’s race.
‘He’s not an abusive man at all – this is so out of character. Colin is my husband’s brother, I lost him 14 years ago.
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‘But my husband’s family are all decent people. Colin would never abuse people – it’s all a case of ‘live and let live’ for him.’
Mr Wing, who supports Chelsea, said police spoke to him twice on Saturday without levelling any charges.
Scotland Yard are expected to speak to him again but have not arrested him.
A spokesman said today: ‘Police continue to investigate an incident where is it is claimed racial abuse was directed at a player during the Chelsea v Manchester City game at Stamford Bridge on Saturday.
‘Officers continue to review footage and CCTV to determine whether any offences have been committed.
‘Officers are in possession of the details of those reportedly involved – there have been no arrests at this time.
‘The Met continues to work with both clubs and a number of enquiries are ongoing’.
Several of Mr Wing’s neighbours instantly identified him from CCTV footage and matchday photographs.
‘Colin is a really nice bloke, I am shocked that he has been caught up in all this,’ one told MailOnline.
‘Colin and his family are very neighbourly. I’ve never heard him make a racist comment’.
Another neighbour said: ‘It’s mortifying to think somebody capable of that could be living along your street’.
The Met Police confirmed they are investigating an incident of alleged racist abuse towards Sterling. A number of other Chelsea fans were also jeering the player
Raheem Sterling leaves training at Manchester City on Sunday after enduring abuse hurled from the touchline on Saturday last night by Chelsea fans during a Premier League tie
Sterling, who was interviewed by officers on Sunday morning, said he heard racial abuse from the stands. No arrests have yet been made and inquiries are continuing.
Chelsea’s own investigation into the incident used TV footage from many angles to identify the offenders.
The club are also using lip-readers to try to establish which words were used.
Racial abuse, if proven, would lead to a life ban.
Another Chelsea fan called TalkSport radio yesterday to admit he was one of the men who were suspended.
Going by the name ‘Dean’, he apologised for the abuse he launched at Sterling but said he was not the man alleged to have racially abused the 24-year-old.
RAHEEM STERLING STATEMENT
Raheem Sterling posted a statement on Instagram on Sunday morning addressing the incident at Stamford Bridge. It read:
‘Good morning. I just want to say I am not normally the person to talk a lot but when I think I need my point to (be) heard I will speak up.
‘Regarding what was said at the Chelsea game as you can see by my reaction I just had to laugh because I don’t expect no better.’
Sterling also said that he believed black players and white players were not treated equally by the media, including the Daily Mail and Mail Online, and that he believes this helps ‘fuel racism and aggressive behaviour’.
He added: ‘I didn’t say anything racist, but I do admit swearing at him and calling him an embarrassment to England. I don’t defend it.
‘It was a passionate game and we needed to win, but that really is no defence. I apologise for anything I said that was offensive. On behalf of the other fans it just abhors me and I’m just really sorry. That language shouldn’t have come out, even what I said shouldn’t have come out.’
Joe Mercer was a few seats along when the incident took place during Chelsea’s match against Manchester City.
The antiques dealer said in his 20 years as a Chelsea season ticket holder he has never heard any racist abuse hurled at visiting players.
There is no suggestions Mr Mercer, from Frimley Green, Surrey, had anything to do with the abuse. He said he has not been contacted by police or by the club.
He told MailOnline: ‘The first I knew about this was when someone called and said my picture was in the newspaper. I do not know the men alongside me. I haven’t a clue who they are and do not speak to them.
‘As you can see in the photo I was just getting up out of my seat. All hell was breaking loose and I did not hear any racist abuse or anything that was said. It was so noisy, and I did not hear what was being said.
‘It is unusual for a player to get so close as they do not normally go to pick up a ball.’
Sterling suffered the abuse on his 24th birthday but it didn’t stop him celebrating with his family on Sunday afternoon
This is the £500,000 home belonging to Colin Wing in Beckenham, south-east London, pictured today, where he lives with his wife and daughter
Mr Mercer said he had never heard racist abuse hurled at opposition players from his seat in the Matthew Harding Stand at Stamford Bridge.
‘I’ve been a season ticket holder for 20 years and not heard anything like that,’ he told MailOnline. I am just an ordinary fan who supports the team.’
Mr Mercer, who also runs a removal firm, added: ‘The other men in the photo are a distance from and a few rows behind. There is also an aisle in between us. It is quite a large gap.
‘I don’t agree with players being abused. It is not on.’
Chelsea fan Nathan Lewis, who is black, was standing a few seats away from the men abusing Sterling.
Although Lewis did not hear any racism during the match, he was shocked by the television footage, describing it as ‘quite scary’.
‘A lot of people have been questioning me and my integrity as to why I didn’t get involved, why I didn’t react. But I didn’t actually hear anything racial from any section of the crowd, but that doesn’t mean it didn’t happen,’ he told ITV’s Good Morning Britain programme.
‘We all knew it was on TV because the camera was in front of us.
‘I think it’s disgusting. I’m right there, three feet away from him. He’s got no regard for me, Sterling either.
‘To see that happen on TV just a few feet away from me is quite scary.’
Former Arsenal and England striker Ian Wright said ‘the bad old days are back’ when sharing a video of the incident on Saturday, adding that Chelsea had been ‘shamed’ by the fans.
Labour MPs Bill Esterton and Alex Norris also tweeted their support for the striker after he spoke out on Sunday. ‘Raheem’s right. We need to kick racism out of football,’ wrote Mr Norris.
A Chelsea spokesman said: ‘Our investigations into this matter are ongoing. We are fully supporting the police investigation and any information we gather will be passed on to them.
‘If there is evidence of ticket holders taking part in any racist behaviour, the club will issue severe sanctions, including bans.
‘We will also fully support any criminal prosecutions.’
- Do you know Mr Wing or any of the men screaming abuse at Raheem Sterling? Contact: [email protected] or [email protected]
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