Arsenal warned over ‘Yid’ chants
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.