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Man held over 'racist' Spurs tweet

A man has been arrested over anti-semitic comments posted to Twitter following a Tottenham v West Ham match in October.

Metropolitan Police said the 48-year-old man was arrested at his home in Canning Town, east London, on suspicion of inciting racial hatred.

The arrest came after an investigation was launched when police received complaints about the tweet.

The man was taken into custody at an east London police station where he was later bailed to return next month.

It followed a 55-year-old man from Hemel Hempstead being issued with a caution for malicious communications after his November 28 arrest for a series of anti-semitic tweets about the same match.

Police had warned fans before the Premier League match not to use the word ''yid'' and said supporters who did so could be committing a crime.

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.

Yid is a term for Jew which is often considered derogatory, but Tottenham fans chant the word as an act of defiance against those who taunt them because of their links with the Jewish community.

Despite warnings against using the words, Spurs supporters at the derby at White Hart Lane defied police advice and chanted ''Yid army'' before and during the match.


From Belfast Telegraph