reported Southampton fans accused of anti-Semitic chanting during Tottenham match
Ijay|March. 10, 2019
A group of Southampton supporters have been accused of anti-Semitic chanting during their side’s 2-1 win over Tottenham on Saturday.
Harry Kane’s opener was cancelled out by two quickfire goals from Yan Valery and James Ward-Prowse at St Mary’s.
A Sunday Times journalist, who wished to remain anonymous, has accused a man in his twenties of chanting ‘Spurs are on their way to Auschwitz, Hitler’s gonna gas them again’ in the Kingsland stand just ten minutes into the game.
The supporter was told his song was racist and replied ‘You’d better not come back next week’. The man’s friend was then allegedly heard singing ‘Same old Tottenham, all need gassing’ and ‘Get in the showers’.
The pair are said to have left their seats before half-time while shouting abuse at the journalist, who reported the incident to stewards.
The journalist moved seats in the second-half as another Southampton supporter told him: ‘I’ll see you after the game’.
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Stewards are believed to have said they would report the incident to the club and anti-racism organisation Kick it Out.
This is the latest in a recent string of racist incidents which have marred English football over the past season.
Chelsea fans were accused of anti-Semitic chanting during a Europa League tie against MOL Vidi in December, while Raheem Sterling, the Manchester City forward, was racially abused at Stamford Bridge the same month.
The Metropolitan Police announced a ‘zero tolerance’ policy to hateful language when Spurs played Chelsea in the Carabao Cup semi-final a month later.
Tottenham have also been urged to dissuade supporters from using the word ‘Yid’ in reference to themselves by the World Jewish Congress and the Board of Deputies of British Jews.
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