Arse­nal warned over ‘Yid’ chants

The Jewish Chronicle - - News - BYBARRYTOBERMAN

PREMIERSHIP LEAD­ERS Arse­nal have been forced on the de­fen­sive by a le­gal claim from three sea­son-ticket-hold­ers that the club turns a blind eye to an­tisemitic chant­ing at games at the Emi­rates Sta­dium in North Lon­don.

The three — a Jew, a Mus­lim and a Catholic — have been up­set by re­peated chants of “Yids” and “Yid­dos”, a ref­er­ence to the nick­name of bit­ter Lon­don ri­vals Spurs. They al­lege that stew­ards ig­nore such racism.

Their so­lic­i­tor, Lawrence Davies of Lon­don law firm Equal Jus­tice, has writ­ten to Arse­nal chair­man Peter Hil­lWood warn­ing that “the club would ap­pear to be in breach of the Race Re­la­tions Act… by per­mit­ting this racist lan­guage to con­tinue to oc­cur”.

Mr Davies, who is also an Arse­nal sup­porter, told the JC that more fans — mostly non-Jews — had made con­tact to sup­port the move since de­tails of the com­plaint had be­come pub­lic.

As an ini­tial step, he was en­cour­aged that Arse­nal’s Jewish man­ag­ing di­rec­tor, Keith Edel­man, had re­sponded, invit­ing the com­plainants to sub­mit pro­pos­als to ad­dress the is­sue.

Among anec­do­tal ev­i­dence as­sem­bled by Mr Davies is the singing by some fans of an­tisemitic ver­sions of pop­u­lar songs — for ex­am­ple, Elvis Pres­ley’s The Won­der Of You be­comes The Gassing Of Jews.

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