Tottenham Hotspur have released an official club statement to share their thoughts on the antisemitic incident which occurred on the talkSPORT radio station yesterday.
A Tottenham fan was chosen to go live on air during The Sports Bar programme which was hosted by former Arsenal midfielder Perry Groves and Jordan Jarrett Bryan and the pair failed to challenge the caller after he claimed that Spurs chairman Daniel Levy wanted big money to sell Harry Kane because he was Jewish.
Spurs have revealed that they are appalled that neither presenter challenged the comment on air and were under no doubt that if it was another form of racism, it would have been dealt with in a completely different manner.
The statement on the official Spurs site read: “The Club notes TalkSport’s apology following an antisemitic incident on their The Sports Bar programme on Tuesday 3 August.
“We were appalled that neither presenter addressed the comment, failing to call out the antisemitic trope. We are under no doubt that if an equivalent comment had been made regarding an individual’s race or other protected characteristic, the response would have been immediate and far-reaching.
“It cannot be acceptable that antisemitism does not receive the same level of condemnation as other forms of discrimination and efforts to tackle it should be no less rigorous.”
Tottenham are completely right to highlight that antisemitic incidents appear to be going under the radar, compared to other forms of racism.
talkSPORT should be horrified by how their employees have dealt with the incident and there is a clear need for their presenters to undergo retraining.
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