West Ham fans cautioned for chants

News Shopper: Some West Ham United fans sang anti-Semitic chants during their team's Premier League match against Tottenham Hotspur Some West Ham United fans sang anti-Semitic chants during their team's Premier League match against Tottenham Hotspur

Two West Ham United football supporters have been cautioned by police for singing anti-Semitic chants during Sunday's Premier League match against Tottenham Hotspur.

A section of Hammers supporters appeared to mock the gassing of Jews in the Holocaust during the Premier League clash at White Hart Lane, which Spurs won 3-1. The pair of fans were arrested during the game and accepted the police cautions, said Scotland Yard.

Tottenham Hotspur have a large fan-base from the Jewish community and the north London club has historical Jewish roots.

A spokesman for the Metropolitan Police said: "Two men were arrested during the football match between Tottenham Hotspur and West Ham on Sunday November 25 on suspicion of a racially aggravated public order offence. The men accepted a police caution."

The abuse came four days after Spurs fan Ashley Mills was stabbed in an attack by Italian hooligans before Tottenham's game against Lazio in Rome. West Ham supporters sang "Viva Lazio" and "Can we stab you every week?", along with making the hissing sounds alluding to the Holocaust gas chambers.

There were also reportedly chants about Adolf Hitler during the match. West Ham United FC said it would take "the strongest possible action" against any supporters found to have been involved in "inappropriate chanting".

The Board of Deputies of British Jews condemned the racist chants and urged that those responsible should be punished.

It said: "Anti-Semitism has no place in football or society in general. For football fans to use Holocaust imagery and chants glorifying Adolf Hitler is grossly offensive to the Jewish community and is a stain upon the character of British football.

"This in the same week that Tottenham fans were attacked in Rome in an apparently anti-Semitic attack."

The Board of Deputies of British Jews added: "We will be writing to the Football Association to urge them to punish those responsible for these chants and to take further steps to rid our national game of these slurs."

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