Two men arrested for anti-Semitic tweets after Spurs v West Ham match

Ravel Morrison Before the match fans were warned not to use racist, anti-Semitic or homophobic language

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Two men have been arrested for posting anti-Semitic tweets following Tottenham Hotspur's match with West Ham.

A 24-year-old man from Croydon and a 22-year-old man from Wiltshire posted the comments about Hitler and the gas chambers after the Premier League match on 6 October.

Both men were arrested on Thursday on suspicion of inciting racial hatred.

Another 48-year-old man, from Canning Town, was arrested on 5 December on suspicion of inciting racial hatred.

Jewish following

What is the Y-Word?

Screenshot of BBC Religion and Ethics feature "The Y-word: Should Tottenham fans be allowed to use it?"
  • The word 'yid' means Jew in Yiddish
  • In itself, it does not have any negative connotations
  • It is thought it was used as an insult in the 20th Century, especially around the time of Oswald Mosley and the Black Shirts in the 1930s
  • Some Spurs fans say they have reclaimed the word, turning it into a badge of honour and deflecting the offensive meaning attached to it by some opposing fans

Police had warned fans before the fixture not to use the word "yid" and said supporters who did so could be committing a crime.

Traditionally Spurs have a large Jewish following and have been the target of abuse from opposition fans, although some fans of the club use the term themselves.

West Ham told supporters that anyone caught behaving in a racist, anti-Semitic or homophobic way would be punished to the full extent of the law.

Officers in Haringey launched an investigation after being made aware of the messages on the social networking site Twitter.

All three men have been bailed until January.

In November, a 55-year-old man from Hemel Hempstead, Hertfordshire, was arrested and cautioned for malicious communications after posting anti-Semitic tweets before the Spurs and West Ham match.

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