Tottenham Hotspur have disowned those who allegedly racially abused a group of Black Lives Matter protesters in Hoddesdon, a town in the Broxbourne borough of Hertfordshire.
Protests against systemic racism have erupted across many parts of the UK following George Floyd’s murder in the United States two weeks ago.
One such protest that took place at Hoddesdon was reportedly interrupted by an angry mob who were seen shouting hateful slogans at the protesters, including cries of ‘go back to Africa’ (Hertfordshire Mercury).
It has been claimed that those opposing the event were there to protect the town’s war memorial after seeing statues being defaced in other parts of the UK.
Videos have also appeared on social media showing the angry mob throwing hateful abuse at the peaceful protesters. One individual could be seen wearing a Spurs tracksuit:
Ok so for those who say racism doesn’t exist… this was at a recent BLM protest in Hoddesdon,a town in the Broxbourne borough of the English county of Hertfordshire, watch the thread pic.twitter.com/a4shMfiQ7i
— Medina (@_Medina_A) June 8, 2020
When questioned on what action the club would take on the alleged Spurs fans who were part of the mob, the club responded swiftly to distance themselves from those engaging in racist behaviour.
They also insisted that they would be taking action against any ‘so-called fan’ involved.
These are no fans of ours. This Club does not tolerate racist, discriminatory or hateful behaviour of any kind. We are looking into this and will take the necessary action against any so-called ‘fan’ involved. https://t.co/0cB0SfjnZE
— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) June 9, 2020
Spurs Web Opinion
This is the right response from Tottenham as there can simply be no room for racist or discriminatory behaviour. The club should investigate what happened and, if any Spurs fan is found to have racially abused the BLM protesters, they should be handed a lifetime ban.
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