Friday 20 September 2019

Arsenal probe anti-Semitism claim

Security staff member removes the bottle from the pitch that hit Tottenham's Dele Alli during the match. Photo: Reuters/Andrew Couldridge
Security staff member removes the bottle from the pitch that hit Tottenham's Dele Alli during the match. Photo: Reuters/Andrew Couldridge

Arsenal have opened an investigation into "discriminatory and violent" behaviour by their supporters during the Carabao Cup defeat by Tottenham Hotspur at the Emirates on Wednesday night.

It is understood at least one incident is under investigation, including an instance of anti-Semitic behaviour in which a supporter is alleged to have "hissed" and chanted about "gassing Jews".

Tottenham supporters have long been subject to anti-Semitic provocation due to the club's historic links to the Jewish community, with hissing noises designed to invoke the sound of World War II Holocaust gas chambers.

Witnesses alleged that in one incident a supporter in the North Bank became involved in a physical altercation after fellow fans accused them of making numerous anti-Semitic references.

Supporters say the offender was removed from the ground after complaints were made to stewards. Arsenal say they have no record of any such ejection but that a supporter left of their own volition after an altercation with a fellow fan.

Arsenal added that they have identified a suspect who allegedly threw a bottle at Dele Alli.

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