The Herd: we didn’t mean it in a racist way

The Jewish Chronicle - - News - BY JES­SICA ELGOT

THE AD­MIN­IS­TRA­TORS of an Arse­nal fan fo­rum which used stars of David to de­note which users had failed to do­nate to the site have apol­o­gised and promised to change the sym­bol.

The ad­min­is­tra­tors of the site were adamant that the sym­bol was used be­cause the nick­name for their foot­ball ri­vals, Tot­ten­ham Hot­spur, is “the Yids.”

Mem­bers of the Arse­nal fan fo­rum We Are The Herd, which has more than 1,000 mem­bers, must do­nate in or­der to ac­cess cer­tain ar­eas of the site. Mem­bers who have not do­nated or who have only given a small amount have had Ma­gen Davids placed next to their names when­ever they post.

One of the ad­min­is­tra­tors, who are all anony­mous, told the JC: “This was no mal­ice meant against the Jewish com­mu­nity, and we’re go­ing to change the sym­bol to some­thing else.”

He ex­plained: “This was more meant be­cause our lo­cal ri­vals use this sym­bol a lot, and what we were say­ing was that if you don’t pay a sub­scrip­tion to­wards the up­keep of the web­site, then ef­fec­tively, you are a Tot­ten­ham fan.

“We apol­o­gise if this has caused any­one any of­fence what­so­ever.

“We are noth­ing to do with Arse­nal Foot­ball Club and 75 per cent [of our users] are not Bri­tish, we’re to­tally not a racist out­fit.”

A spokesman from the Foot­ball As­so­ci­a­tion’s anti-racism cam­paign Kick It Out had pre­vi­ously promised ac­tion would be taken over the site.

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