Youth foot­baller abused

The Jewish Chronicle - - NEWS - BY BEN WEICH

PAR­ENTS WERE left “shocked and up­set” after al­leged an­ti­semitic abuse on so­cial me­dia was di­rected at a mem­ber of a Jewish youth foot­ball team.

The Brady Mac­cabi Red un­der-16 player was called “Jew boy”, “gay Jew” and “Nazi vic­tim” and was re­ferred to as “tak­ing a gas shower”.

The mes­sages were posted on In­sta­gram in a pri­vate chat group, seen by the player.

They were posted after Brady Mac­cabi beat En­field-based Olympia­cos 3-1 last Sun­day in the Wat­ford Friendly League.

Joel Nathan, chair­man of Brady Mac­cabi, which is based in north Lon­don, said the in­ci­dent had been re­ported to po­lice and the Com­mu­nity Se­cu­rity Trust (CST).

One par­ent of a Brady Mac­cabi player, who wished to re­main anonymous, said he and oth­ers were left “fum­ing and very up­set” after read­ing the mes­sages.

He said: “They were quite shock­ing. We’ve never had any­thing like this be­fore in foot­ball. It’s very up­set­ting.”

Olympia­cos club pres­i­dent, Andy Koul­las said he was not aware of the in­ci­dent but would in­ves­ti­gate.

A CST spokesman said: “CST will sup­port our part­ners at the po­lice, FA and Kick It Out to look into this al­le­ga­tion with the se­ri­ous­ness it de­serves.”

The Lon­don Foot­ball As­so­ci­a­tion said it was in­ves­ti­gat­ing the mat­ter.

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