Two British football club supporters arrested and suspended after being caught on camera harassing Jew
Two supporters of British football club West Ham have been arrested and suspended by the club after they were caught on camera harassing a Jewish man with anti-Semitic slurs on a flight to Belgium.
The incident occurred as passengers boarded a RyanAir plane in London. A group of West Ham supporters, who were traveling to Belgium for a Europa League game, started singing an anti-Semitic song as they watched a Haredi man walk down the aisle to his seat.
The song – directed against West Ham rival Tottenham Hotspur in London, which is considered in English football folklore as a “Jewish” club – poked fun at the Jewish religious practice of circumcision, ending with the taunt: “J have a foreskin, don’t I? ? “
Air sports reported that a 55-year-old man was arrested in connection with the incident on Friday after images were posted on social media. A new arrest was made on Saturday when a 26-year-old man was arrested by Essex Police. Police are investigating suspects for involvement in a hate crime.
Both men were suspended by the club.
West Ham said he was “appalled by the content of the video circulating on social networks and condemns the behavior of the individuals involved.”
Club manager David Moyes said: “First of all I have to say that I don’t see our football club like that. We are a diverse football club. There is no room for discrimination anywhere.
“We don’t want to be associated with supporters like this,” he added.
Marie van der Zyl, chair of the Council of Deputies of British Jews, commented: “This is a particularly gruesome example of a Jewish man subjected to abuse and humiliation. Fortunately, the culprits have been caught on social media.
“West Ham has set exactly the right example – hatred will only be fought in our society when we shoulder all of our responsibilities, as West Ham did by promising to impose lifetime bans,” she added. .