A POLICE investigation has been launched after fans of Premier League club West Ham United were caught on video chanting antisemitic slurs before a match in Manchester on Saturday.
The London club has vowed to ban “for life” those filmed singing the abuse on their way to the game against Manchester United.
A video clip posted on Twitter by Michelle Richman, daughter of Holocaust survivor Zigi Shipper, shows the thugs chanting: “We’ll be running round Tottenham with our w***** hanging out, singing I’ve got a foreskin how about you, f****** Jew!”
Mrs Richman tweeted: “@WestHamUtd as a football fan and the daughter of a holocaust survivor who spoke at your ground I find this abhorrent in 2019.” (sic)
Greater Manchester Police’s Detective Chief Inspector Rebecca Boyce said: “In Manchester we pride ourselves on making sure fans from far and wide are welcomed and it is disappointing that a small few have brought shame on football in this way.
“Racial abuse will not be tolerated and anyone who partakes in this kind of behaviour can expect to be investigated by the police.
“I would also ask anyone with any footage of the incident or information they think can help us to please contact us immediately.”
A West Ham spokesman said: “We are taking immediate action to try to identify the offenders, whose details we will be handing over to the police and who will be banned for life from London Stadium and from travelling with the club.
“We do not want people like this associated with West Ham United.
“They are not welcome at our club and they are not welcome in civilised society.”
Kick It Out has welcomed West Ham’s positive response.
If you have a story or an issue you want us to cover, let us know - in complete confidence - by contacting firstname.lastname@example.org, 0161-741 2631 or via Facebook / Twitter