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Investigation into Hammers

by: Ben Simons - Last updated: 2012-11-26

West Ham statement

West Ham statement

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The Football Association has launched an investigation into reports that West Ham United fans made anti-Semitic remarks and sounds towards  by West Ham United fans towards Tottenham Hotspur supporters.

The game, which saw West Ham visit Tottenham's White Hart Lane stadium, is also alleged to have had West Ham fans making hissing noises mimicking the sound of Nazi gas chambers.

West Ham has said that any supporter involved in the incidents would be banned for life.

As well as the FA investigation, Met Police will also be investiating the incident following complaints from members of the public while Peter Herbert, chairman of the Society of Black Lawyers, has also confirmed his group has also made an official complaint to the Met Police.

In a statement, the FA said: "We note the statement issued by West Ham and encourage clubs to identify and ban for life any individuals involved in incidents of abusive chanting. There is no place for anti-Semitism or any form of discrimination in football. The FA is committed to working with the clubs, Leagues, fans groups, the police, CPS and community stakeholders to play our part in addressing this unacceptable behaviour."

Within the Jewish community, individuals and groups have been shocked and concerned by what happened.

In a statement, the Board of Deputies of Brtish Jews raised its concerns. "Antisemitism 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 antisemitic attack."  

"Events at White Hart Lane yesterday and comments on Saturday by the Scunthorpe United manager describing his team’s defending as being “as bad as the Holocaust” confirm that this phenomenon is not confined to the Continent."  

"Clearly there is either a lack of understanding or a lack of compassion within some sections of the British football world about these issues; a lack of understanding or compassion which needs to be addressed."  

"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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