Belfast Telegraph

Passengers filmed chanting anti-Semitic songs on way to Man City-Tottenham match

Anti-Semitic songs chanted by passengers on a tram ahead of Manchester City's Premier League meeting with Tottenham on Saturday have been widely condemned by the Jewish community.

Video footage on a tram appears to show supporters heading to the match singing 'you're getting gassed in the morning' - a reference to the treatment of Jews in concentration camps during the Second World War.

Tottenham's support is historically made up of a large Jewish fanbase, meaning anti-Semitic chants and behaviour have been aimed at them for decades.

The footage was reportedly filmed on a Metrolink tram from Manchester city centre to the Etihad Stadium at around 1710 on Saturday.

The incident has been criticised by Jonathan Arkush, the president of the Board of Deputies of British Jews, the national representative organisation of the UK Jewish community.

"Sick racist chanting has been an enduring part of the football scene in this country for far too long now," he said in a statement released to Press Association Sport.

"It is a criminal offence. The perpetrators should be arrested and feel the full force of the law."

The chief executive of the Jewish Leadership Council, Simon Johnson, also criticised the actions shown on mobile phone footage.

He said: "It is incumbent upon all clubs, and the football authorities, to take extra measures to prevent this from happening and rapidly identify the culprits."

A spokesman for City has said the club "strongly condemns the use of any anti-Semitic language" and would be cooperating with any investigation into the matter.

Police have said they are investigating the incident.

Superintendent Steve Howard, from the City of Manchester Division, said: ''Following recent media coverage, Greater Manchester Police have been made aware of a video showing people chanting anti-Semitic songs.

''We believe those involved were heading for the football match between Manchester City and Tottenham on Saturday, January 21 2017.

''This has yet to be formally reported to police however we have now launched an investigation and we are treating this as a hate crime.

''We would like to speak to anyone who witnessed the incident or has video footage to contact police as soon as possible.

''There is no place in society for such abhorrent behaviour and we will not tolerate hate crime of any sort in Greater Manchester.''

The game ended as a 2-2 draw as goals from Dele Alli and Son Heung-min earned Spurs a point after City surrendered a two-goal lead, given to them by Leroy Sane and Kevin De Bruyne.


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