Teen arrested for anti-semitic racial slur at Chelsea, Tottenham clash

Teen arrested for anti-semitic racial slur at Chelsea, Tottenham clash

January 9, 2019 By mediabest

Three men were arrested on suspicion of "racially aggravated public order offences" at the League Cup semi-final first leg between Tottenham and Chelsea at Wembley, according to Metropolitan Police.

Press Association Sport understands an alleged offence resulting in the arrest of a 17-year-old male was anti-Semitic. The arrest was made 20 minutes prior to kick-off.

Feeling blue: Tottenham knocked Chelsea out of the Carabao Cup at Wembley.Credit:Reuters

The Met Police's Football Unit added that two further arrests were made for similar alleged offences.

Tottenham and Chelsea cautioned supporters to behave prior to the match, after recent incidents of discriminatory behaviour.

Last January, Chelsea launched the 'Say No to Anti-Semitism' campaign and in 2010 joined with anti-discrimination group Kick It Out to "try and rid the game of the Y-word".

However, the waters are muddied by the fact Tottenham supporters use the Y-word [Yiddo] in large numbers at matches.

Last week, the World Jewish Congress and the Board of Deputies of British Jews urged Spurs to take a stand against its use. Yet the club maintain the term is not meant to cause offence.

Chelsea supporters' groups issued reminders on social media asking fans to be on their best behaviour.

A chant of 'Yiddo' was heard in the second minute, but it appeared muted, with more Spurs fans opting to join in further singing of a song incorporating the word in the West Stand after 16 minutes.

Blues fans have been under the spotlight in recent weeks after a number of high-profile incidents, including a derogatory chant about Spurs supporters that featured alleged anti-Semitic language at a Europa League match in Hungary last month.

AAP

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