West Ham: Man Arrested as Police Investigate an Anti-Semitic Chorus to a Jew by Club Fans | Football news

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A 55-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of committing a hate crime as police continue to investigate social media footage showing West Ham supporters singing an anti-Semitic song about a Jewish man on a plane.

The video appeared Thursday and appeared to show Hammers supporters on a flight to Belgium singing the offensive song as the man walked down the aisle to take seats.

Flight fans were on their way to see West Ham face Belgian side Genk in a Europa League draw, which ended 2-2.

The man was arrested at Stansted airport on Friday afternoon after arriving in the UK from Belgium and was taken to a police station in Essex, where he will be interrogated.

A statement from Essex police said: “We immediately initiated an investigation after being informed of a social media video of a man being harassed as he sat aboard a plane before he left Stansted Airport on November 4th “.

Chief Superintendent of Essex Police Tom Simons, who is conducting the investigation, said: “The Essex Police will not tolerate racism or discrimination of any kind. Having been notified of the incident this morning, the officers have worked. quickly to ensure an arrest as soon as possible. “

David Moyes, the West Ham manager, condemned the footage of fans singing the song.

Moyes, who scored his thousandth game as a manager with the draw at Genk that sealed the Hammers’ qualification for the Europa League group stage, said: “I have to say first of all that I don’t see our football team being like that. We are a diverse football team There is no room for discrimination anywhere.

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David Moyes condensed the behavior of individuals on flight

“I’m really sorry to hear that. I’m sure it’s just individuals and not a large section of supporters. I’m just sorry to hear that.

“I want this football team to be recognized for having a really good football team. I want this football team to be recognized as a great London team and highly respected.

“We have incredible supporters who follow us at home and away, but I don’t want any labels attached to that: discrimination or racism, not at all. We don’t want to be associated with supporters like this. I want you to pass us by this.”

West Ham condemned the video Thursday night and vowed to punish all identified supporters with an indefinite ban.

A club spokesman said: “West Ham United are appalled by the video content circulating on social media and condemns the behavior of those involved.

“The club is working with the airline and relevant authorities to identify people.

“We continue to be unambiguous in our position: we have a zero tolerance approach to any form of discrimination. Any identified person will be issued an indefinite ban by the club.

“Equality, diversity and inclusion are at the heart of the football team and we don’t welcome people who don’t share these values.”

Essex police say their investigation remains ongoing and have asked anyone with information or who may have telephone footage of the incident to call 101.

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