According to the Daily Star, footage has emerged of ‘West Ham fans’ singing an anti-Semitic chant referencing Tottenham towards a Jewish passenger on a flight to Belgium.
It has been understood that the individuals were travelling on board a plane bound for Genk ahead of the Hammers’ Europa League clash on Thursday evening.
The man, dressed in traditional Orthodox Jewish clothing, was making his way down the plane’s aisle to his seat as a number of passengers allegedly aimed the shocking anti-semitic tropes towards him.
Footage of the chant, which was posted on social media, made a distasteful reference to Tottenham, one of West Ham’s biggest rivals and home to a large Jewish community and following.
West Ham have since released a statement of condemnation, saying they are ‘appalled’ by the footage and will look to identify the individuals involved before handing them with indefinite bans from the club.
A spokesperson for the club said: “West Ham United is appalled by the contents of the video circulating on social media and condemn the behaviour of the individuals involved.
“The club is liaising with the airline and relevant authorities to identify the individuals.
“We continue to be unequivocal in our stance – we have a zero-tolerance approach to any form of discrimination.
“Any individuals identified will be issued with an indefinite ban from the club. Equality, diversity and inclusion are at the heart of the football club and we do not welcome any individuals who do not share those values.”
Spurs Web Opinion
Hopefully, West Ham will be able to identify the individuals involved in this sick act and hand them the relevant punishments they deserve. Anti-semitism is clearly still rife, and it is even worse in the world of football where people think they can get away with it.
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