Pair arrested over anti-Semitic Spurs tweets
13 December 2013, 18:09
London - Two men have been arrested on suspicion of making anti-Semitic slurs against Premier League club Tottenham Hotspur on Twitter, British police revealed on Friday.
The pair allegedly made the comments following West Ham United's 3-0 victory at Tottenham, who have historic links with the Jewish community, in October.
"Two men have been arrested on suspicion of inciting racial hatred following comments made on Twitter after the Tottenham Hotspur versus West Ham United match on 6 October 2013," read a statement from London's Metropolitan Police.
Police said the tweets "were of an anti-Semitic nature and made reference to Hitler and the gas chambers".
The two men, a 24-year-old from Croydon, south London, and a 22-year-old from Wiltshire in southeast England, as well as a 48-year-old man from east London arrested earlier this month, were subsequently released on bail until late January, pending further enquiries.
The police also revealed that following a separate investigation into anti-Semitic tweets, a 55-year-old man was arrested and cautioned late last month.
While many Spurs fans describe themselves as 'Yids' -- a pejorative term for someone who is Jewish -- it is also used as a term of abuse by opposition fans.
Last season, police launched an investigation into claims that during a match against Spurs, West Ham fans had chanted the name of Adolf Hitler and imitated the noise of Nazi death camp gas chambers.
Two West Ham supporters were cautioned by police and one of them was given a lifetime ban by the east London club.