Board of Deputies of British Jews to write to FA over West Ham anti-Semitic chants against Tottenham

The organisation has called for harsh sanctions after a section of the Hammers' support were heard airing anti-Semitic chants referencing Adolf Hitler and the Holocaust
The Board of Deputies of British Jews (BDBJ) has released a statement condemning the actions of West Ham supporters during their 3-1 defeat to Tottenham on Sunday.

A section of the away support were heard making anti-Semitic chants referring to Adolf Hitler and hissing to imitate the sounds of gas in reference to the mass execution of Jews during the holocaust.

A spokesperson for the Football Association told that they would be speaking to both clubs on Monday morning and, in a statement released to the press, the BDBJ has urged the FA to punish those found responsible.

“The Board of Deputies of British Jews utterly condemns and is dismayed by reports of antisemitic chanting by West Ham United fans at yesterday’s match against Tottenham Hotspur,” the statement read.

“Antisemitism has no place in football or society in general. For football fans to use Holocaust imagery and chants glorifying Adolf Hitler is grossly offensive to the Jewish community and is a stain upon the character of British football.

“This in the same week that Tottenham fans were attacked in Rome in an apparently antisemitic attack.  Events at White Hart Lane yesterday and comments on Saturday by the Scunthorpe United manager describing his team’s defending as being “as bad as the Holocaust” confirm that this phenomenon is not confined to the Continent.   

“Clearly there is either a lack of understanding or a lack of compassion within some sections of the British football world about these issues; a lack of understanding or compassion which needs to be addressed.

“We will be writing to the Football Association to urge them to punish those responsible for these chants and to take further steps to rid our national game of these slurs.”