Video claims to show Hammers fans singing anti-semitic songs ahead of their match with Tottenham Hotspur.
West Ham have stated that fans found guilty of antisemitic chants heard on public transport ahead of their 2-2 draw with Tottenham Hotspur last weekend will be banned for life.
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(Video) Terrible! West Ham Fans Caught Chanting Anti-Semitic Slurs On Tube Ahead of Tottenham Clash
Anti-disrimination organisations Kick It Out brought the video to the attention of police after footage surfaced that purports to show Hammers fans singing:” I’ve got a foreskin, how about you? F*****g Jew” on the London Underground.
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“The club emailed every supporter who had bought a ticket to Sunday’s game to remind them that they were acting as ambassadors for West Ham United,” said the Club through a spokesman on the incident, reports Guardian.
“If any individual is found to have behaved in an inappropriate way, the club’s simple, zero-tolerance policy dictates that they will face the strongest possible action, including the option of a life ban from the Boleyn Ground
“If anyone has any information on such behaviour we would urge them to report it to the Club, Kick It Out or the police so it can be investigated thoroughly.”
British Transpodrt Police have since said they are investigating the incident.
And also linked it with the Paris Metro incident which saw Chelsea fans pushing a black man off a train before chanting racist songs, saying it’s clear these are not isolated incidents of racism.
Tottenham Hotspur responded to the incident calling for the most severe actions from the east London club.
“Antisemitism in any form is wholly unacceptable and we support all efforts to kick it out of the game,” the club said. “We hope that those individuals responsible for this vile behaviour are identified and dealt with in the strongest way possible.”
West Ham fans had actually been warned prior to the game, presumably in the wake of the incident with Chelsea fans a week ago, to reflect the standards of the club with their behaviour.
“Kick It Out has received several reports via social media about the footage and will be liaising with British Transport Police on the matter,” said the anti-discrimination organisation a statement.
“In addition we have been informed of a number of antisemitic tweets which we are reporting to the police.”