Three men arrested for anti-Semitic tweets after Premier League match

LONDON Fri Dec 13, 2013 6:30am EST

West Ham United's Ravel Morrison (L) celebrates with team mate Ricardo Vaz Te after scoring against Tottenham Hotspur during their English Premier League soccer match at White Hart Lane in London October 6, 2013. REUTERS/Eddie Keogh

West Ham United's Ravel Morrison (L) celebrates with team mate Ricardo Vaz Te after scoring against Tottenham Hotspur during their English Premier League soccer match at White Hart Lane in London October 6, 2013.

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LONDON (Reuters) - Three men have been arrested for posting anti-Semitic comments on Twitter following Tottenham Hotspur's Premier League match against West Ham United in October, police said on Friday.

Two men, aged 22 and 24, were arrested on Thursday in London and in Wiltshire, while a 48-year-old man was arrested at his home in Canning Town in London last week on suspicion of inciting racial hatred.

The investigation following the match on October 6 was triggered by complaints about tweets that referred to Hitler and the gas chambers.

Traditionally Spurs has had a large Jewish following and its supporters have been the target of abuse from opposition fans.

Supporters of the club often chant "Yid Army" and "Yiddo" at matches, using a term deemed offensive by some in the Jewish community, but fan groups say the term is used as a badge of honor rather than a derogatory remark.

However, the governing Football Association and police have warned that using the word "Yid" could lead to prosecution and a ban on attending matches.

All three men have been bailed until January while the police make further enquiries.

In a separate investigation also dealing with anti-Semitic tweets relating to the same match, a 55-year-old man from Hemel Hempstead north of London was arrested and cautioned on November 28 for malicious communications, police said.

(Reporting By Freya Berry, editing by Pritha Sarkar)

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Comments (3)
Ftoomsh wrote:
Unless there were threats, defamation or repeated directed remarks, why were they arrested in a Western country?

Dec 14, 2013 1:03am EST  --  Report as abuse
Whitey_Lawful wrote:
The United Kingdom is an authoritarian masterpiece. Their Governments socialism and their Church’s interfaith ecumenism with Jews and Judaism has lead to this outrageous antic against the ‘tweeters’. Political correctness is law in Europe; its called Hate Speech.

Dec 14, 2013 1:22am EST  --  Report as abuse
It is just U.K. media propaganda it is meant to intimidate people. They the police make an arrest the arrest is reported by the news agency usually the BBC but the dismissal of criminal charges is never reported.

They believe the tactics work they have used them with anti Islamic speech classing it as incitement to racial hatred. Islam is not a racial group it’s a religion.
The U.K. media especially the BBC believe that reporting an untruth that has an effect on the general public is worth it.

Moses said to Joseph all Jews have long noses.

Why don’t Jewish cannibals like eating Germans? they give them gas.

My name and address and telephone number is on my domain name take my word for it I know these type of things this story is propaganda it is meant to intimidate.

There are famous anti-Jewish publications in the British library “the professor and the untrustworthy corruption of society by the Jews” and so on.

This news report is a old news report and the propaganda did not work as it was reported as not working so why this story pop back up again I don’t know it is old news now.

Dec 14, 2013 7:02am EST  --  Report as abuse
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