West Ham fans arrested for Nazi salutes as police receive formal complaint about anti-Semitic chants at Spurs tie
TWO West Ham supporters were arrested and cautioned for making Nazi-style salutes following Sunday’s acrimonious game against Tottenham at White Hart Lane
The police have also confirmed that they have received a formal complaint about the anti-Semitic chanting heard from the West Ham section of the ground. The complaint was made by telephone by a member of the public. Police will now meet with the complainant and decide whether to launch a formal criminal investigation.
Peter Herbert, chairman of the Society of Black Lawyers, said that his organisation has also made an official complaint to the Met Police.
Just a matter of days after Tottenham fan Ashley Mills was stabbed before Thursday's Europa League game in Rome, West Ham supporters sang 'Viva Lazio', 'Can we stab you every week?' and hissed on several occasions, apparently mocking the mass execution of Jews during the Second World War. Fans also chanted "Adolf Hitler, he's coming for you" at the Tottenham crowd..
Herbert said: "As far as we're concerned there has to be zero tolerance of this. If these people can be identified on camera and prosecuted then that is something we'd like to see happen."
Earlier, West Ham confirmed they would assist Tottenham with their investigation into the apparent abuse by travelling fans and vowed to take the strongest possible action, including enforcing life bans from the club, on any supporter found guilty.
statement from West Ham this morning read: "West Ham United are in contact with Tottenham Hotspur to assist them with their investigation into the conduct of a small number of supporters and alleged inappropriate chanting during yesterday's match at White Hart Lane.
"West Ham United will take the strongest possible action against any of their supporters, including enforcing life bans from the club, that are found guilty of behaviour which is categorically not condoned by West Ham United.
"During the 46 games in the Championship last season, West Ham United had zero arrests for racism or violence, so while we are surprised to see such reports today, we will examine any available evidence of such conduct thoroughly and take the appropriate action."
Jonathan Liew, a match reporter covering the game, said the abuse was not limited to an isolated few.
"A significant proportion of West Ham's travelling support participated. The press box at White Hart Lane is roughly 60 yards from the away end. The songs rang out loudly and clearly."
Paul Kelso Telegraph.co.uk