Chelsea stew­ards to Ò\ht ?ew"hate

The Jewish Chronicle - - NEWS - BY BEN WEICH

CHELSEA WILL take its own team of stew­ards to its away match against Tot­ten­ham Hot­spur next week, in­struct­ing them to eject an­tisemitic fans af­ter a re­cent spate of anti-Jewish chant­ing from their sup­port­ers.

Chants in­clud­ing the ep­i­thet “Yid” were heard in Chelsea’s two most re­cent games, against Crys­tal Palace and Wat­ford, de­spite the club is­su­ing two sep­a­rate state­ments ear­lier in De­cem­ber con­demn­ing an­tisemitic be­hav­iour.

The West Lon­don club is fac­ing a po­ten­tial par­tial sta­dium clo­sure as Uefa con­ducts an in­ves­ti­ga­tion into the con­duct of fans dur­ing a Europa League game against Vidi in Bu­dapest last month.

Club of­fi­cials have li­aised with their Tot­ten­ham coun­ter­parts ahead of their Carabao Cup semi-fi­nal match at Wem­b­ley on Tues­day Jan­uary 8, the Times re­ports, and have de­cided to bring their own stew­ards.

Con­trary to me­dia re­ports, rep­re­sen­ta­tives from each club’s sup­port­ers’ trusts had not met as of Wed­nes­day evening. A con­fer­ence call — also in­clud­ing of­fi­cers from the Metropoli­tan Po­lice and the Bri­tish Trans­port Po­lice (BTP) — was sched­uled for Thurs­day evening.

Ka­t­rina Law, the co-chair of the Tot­ten­ham Hot­spur Sup­port­ers’ Trust (THST), told the JC that tak­ing stew­ards to away games was not uncom­mon among Premier League clubs — although Chelsea have tended not to.

She said: “What hap­pens ahead of any Lon­don derby is we would sit down with op­pos­ing fan rep­re­sen­ta­tives, the Met Po­lice, BTP and club rep­re­sen­ta­tives, and we go through ev­ery­thing you would ex­pect in a plan­ning meet­ing.

“This would be plans for get­ting fans in and out of the sta­dium; pre-match and post-match; the lay­out of the con­course, et cetera.

“Tot­ten­ham take stew­ards to ev­ery away match we play – it’s just best prac­tice. “From the THST point of view, if Chelsea want to crack on and deal with their own fans, it’s a good thing.” Chelsea’s owner, Ro­man Abramovich, who is Jewish, gave his ap­proval to the open let­ter pub­lished last month by Bruce Buck, in which the Chelsea chair­man con­demned the “deeply un­pleas­ant but vo­cal mi­nor­ity which re­fuses to join us in the 21st cen­tury”.

Tot­ten­ham fans typ­i­cally self­i­den­tify as “Yids” or the “Yid Army”.

Chelsea chair­man Bruce Buck

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