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Two men arrested for Hitler gas chamber tweets after football game

Anti-Semitic and discriminatory behaviour continues to be an ongoing problem for Spurs.

West Ham take on Spurs at White Hart Lane on 6 October this year.
West Ham take on Spurs at White Hart Lane on 6 October this year.
Image: Nigel French/PA Wire/Press Association Images

POLICE IN LONDON have arrested two men because of tweets they sent following a football game in the city on 6 October.

The offending tweets made reference to Hitler and gas chambers and were described as being of an anti-Semitic nature.

They were sent after West Ham United beat Tottenham Hotspur 3-0 on 6 October at White Hart Lane.

Both men, aged 24 and 22, were arrested that their homes in the city yesterday and are being questioned on suspicion of inciting racial hatred.

A third man, aged 48, was detained earlier this month as part of the same investigation.

All suspects have been bailed to a date in late January.

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

Before the game, West Ham’s chairman had sent a letter to fans advising them that a zero-tolerance approach would be taken against any discriminatory behaviour.

Spurs fans have been known to use the word ‘Yid’ which is seen as derogatory towards Jewish people. However, they see it as solidarity with Jewish supporters who are often targeted by travelling fans.

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