West Ham fan arrested over tweets about Holocaust and Hitler before Spurs game
A West Ham fan was arrested and cautioned today over antisemitic tweets sent on the day of the game against Tottenham Hotspur.
Twitter user @pienmashgeezer posted about the Holocaust and Adolf Hitler ahead of the derby, which saw police warn fans of both sides to avoid using discriminatory language.
The account was suspended and police launched an investigation in which they also found tweets that incited violence against Muslims.
This morning, a 55-year-old man was arrested at home in Hemel Hempstead, Hertfordshire on suspicion of malicious communications.
He was taken to a north London police station where he was later issued with a caution.
Police had warned Spurs fans before the heated game, at White Hart Lane on October 6, not to use the word ‘Yid’ in their chants.
West Ham also sent a letter out to Hammers fans before the match informing them of “zero tolerance” over offensive songs.
The Hammers won the game 3-0 with both sets of supporters praised for their behaviour in the heated derby clash.
Tottenham fans call themselves “Yid army” or “Yiddos” in solidarity with Jewish supporters who have been frequently abused by opposition fans.
However, the Football Association has said the term is “derogatory and offensive” and warn fans they could be prosecuted if they use it.
But Prime Minister David Cameron argued that it was acceptable for Spurs fans to chant the term.
From Daily Mirror