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Liverpool FC, the prestigious English Premier League soccer team with a worldwide following of supporters that numbers in the millions, deleted a tweet wishing its Jewish fans a happy new year on Thursday after the salutation elicited a torrent of anti-Semitic posts from other Twitter users.
“Liverpool FC would like to wish all our Jewish supporters around the world a happy new year. #RoshHashanah,” the tweet read. A few hours later, the tweet was removed after the anti-Semitic abuse ensued. The story was originally reported by The Guardian.
“Due to a number of offensive comments that were attached to a tweet on the official LFC twitter account, the tweet and comments have since been removed from the account,” the club told the Guardian
Clubs and authorities have sought to combat outbursts of racism on social media. Earlier this week, British police launched an investigation after Liverpool’s superstar striker, Mario Balotelli, tweeted a comment about rival club Manchester United. The tweet was met with a barrage of racist invective directed at the Italian player, who is black.