Soccer ball (illustrative).
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Fans of the UK’s West Ham United soccer club were filmed on Saturday singing an antisemitic chant on their way to a match.
The fans were singing about their London rivals Tottenham Hotspur, a club with many Jewish supporters, while on their way to a match against Manchester United in Manchester.
“We’ll be running round Tottenham with our willies hanging out, singing I’ve got a foreskin. How about you? F***ing Jew,” went the song.
The video was recorded by Michelle Richman, who’s son Darren Richman, a journalist, uploaded the footage to Twitter.
Michelle Richman noted that her father was a Holocaust survivor and had appeared at West Ham’s old stadium as part of a Holocaust memorial ceremony.
“@WestHamUtd as a football fan and the daughter of a holocaust survivor who spoke at your ground I find this abhorrent in 2019,” she tweeted.
West Ham released a strong statement of condemnation, saying that it was seeking to identify the fans in question, and would ban them for life.
“We are disgusted by the contents of the video circulating on social media on Saturday evening,” West Ham said. “We are taking immediate action to try to identify the offenders, whose details we will be handing over to the police and will be banned for life from London Stadium and from traveling with the Club.
“West Ham United is unequivocal in its stance – there is no place for this kind of behavior at our Club. We do not want people like this associated with West Ham. They are not welcome at our Club. They are not welcome in civilized society.”
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