Dutch footballer apologises for anti-Semitic chanting
ADO Den Haag midfielder Lex Immers has apologised after a video circulated of him chanting anti-Semitic slogans with fans.
Having scored in a 3-2 victory over Ajax last Sunday, Immers was caught on camera singing in a bar with supporters, “We’re going to hunt for Jews.” The song was targeted at Ajax supporters, who have traditionally identified with Amsterdam’s Jewish community.
“I got carried away in the euphoria of a special win, and at that moment was unaware of the offensive tone to an entire nation. I regret it and will accept the penalty imposed on me,” Immers said in a statement.
He added: “In the presence of two coaches, a player and a group of fans I have let the fan in me go. When I sing ‘We’re going to hunt for Jews,’ I mean that we want to beat Ajax. Nothing more, nothing less. The slogan ‘We’re going to hunt for Jews’ seemed innocent.”
ADO has launched a full investigation into the incident. They are interviewing coaches, players and fans, and stated that Immers will be given the the maximum fine possible. The Dutch Football Association will be investigating as well.