The English Premier League soccer title has been claimed by an unlikely champion, Leicester City, and it may be the fault of the Jews – well, sort of.
According to the British press, rabid soccer fans unleashed a barrage of anti-Semitic posts directed at fans of Tottenham Hotspur, the North London side which has been traditionally identified with its considerable army of Jewish supporters.
Tottenham, the club that had the only realistic chance of catching Leicester, relinquished a two-goal advantage in their match on Monday against their inter-city rival, Chelsea. The two teams played to a 2-2 draw, eliminating any chance that Tottenham would catch up and close the gap with Leicester.
The reaction to Tottenham’s collapse on social media was harsh and vile, with some fans directing anti-Semitic abuse at the team’s supporters.
“Hitler smiling in his grave as Spurs bottle the title,” one sick British fan wrote on Twitter.
“Spurs gone from being beat by hitler too being beat in a tittle race by Leicester,” another person tweeted.
“Yeeeeees Tottenham ye f****** Jew bottlers,” another Twitter user wrote.
“Fair balls to Leicester but you gotta feel for Spurs. After what Hitler did to the Jews they deserved this one.”
Anti-Semitism is a hot topic in the United Kingdom in recent days, particularly on the political scene, where the Labor Party
has been forced to suspend a number of its members who posted provocative statements about Jews and Israel on social media.