Arsenal is investigating two ‘disturbing incidents of anti-semitism’ during Sunday’s North London Derby
Arsenal is looking into two ‘disturbing incidences of anti-semitism’ that occurred during Sunday’s north London derby… after fans heard ‘grossly insulting’ chants at both Tottenham Hotspur Stadium and a pub in Islington.
Following the north London derby against Tottenham, Arsenal said two ‘disturbing’ incidents of anti-semitism are being examined.
The Premier League team has confirmed that one of the instances occurred during Sunday’s game, which Arsenal won 2-0 at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, while the other occurred inside an Islington public house.
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On Sunday, there was an incident involving Arsenal supporters in which one of our fans overheard highly disgusting anti-semitic words uttered by another Arsenal fan. On the same afternoon, we were shocked to learn of another anti-Semitic incident at The Cally pub in Islington.
‘We recognize the impact this behavior has on our many Jewish followers and others, and we deplore the use of such language in our game or society.’
Arsenal has stated that the club must be a “safe and inviting” environment for all supporters, and that any form of discriminatory abuse would not be accepted.
The statement added: ‘We will not stand for this kind of behaviour and will take strong action against any supporters who we establish are responsible for such acts.
‘Anyone identified will receive a lengthy club ban and their details will be passed to the police to commence legal proceedings.
‘If any of our supporters witness any form of discriminatory behaviour, we urge them to report the incident to the police.
‘If inside our stadium, report to a matchday steward or use our ‘See Something, Say Something’ service by texting ‘FOUL’ to 67777 together with a description of the incident and the location within the stadium.
‘This enables supporters to report an incident safely and for us to act as quickly as possible.’
Arsenal’s derby win had already been marred by the attack on their goalkeeper Aaron Ramsdale after the final whistle.
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