LONDON (JTA) – Police in Britain arrested two men for allegedly chanting offensive soccer-themed limericks at an Orthodox Jewish passenger on a flight Nov. 4.
The incident was filmed aboard a Ryanair flight from the United Kingdom to Belgium last week. Many of the passengers were headed to a soccer match between the West Ham team and Genk, a Belgian team.
As the Orthodox passenger walked past them on the plane, several men began chanting about the Tottenham Hotspurs, a rival soccer team from England that some soccer fans believe to be supported by many Jews. The Hotspurs did not play in Belgium last week.
“Running around Tottenham with our willies hanging out, singing I’ve got foreskin, haven’t you?” the men sang while the Orthodox passenger walked down the aisle.
In a statement, the West Ham team said it was “appalled” by the incident and were working with police to identify the fans filmed. Police arrested one man, whom they suspect of inciting racist hate, on Thursday and another on Friday. West Ham banned two fans from its stadium for life as a result of the incident, according to the Jewish News of London.
The incident took place just days after London’s Westminster Magistrates’ Court sentenced a supporter of the Chelsea soccer team to eight weeks in jail for incitement for antisemitic social media posts directed at fans of the Spurs. Nathan Blagg, 21, posted a picture of Auschwitz with the words: “Spurs are on their way to Auschwitz.” Blagg said he did not mean to insult Jews and that the posts were “banter between friends.”
In another incident last week, FIFA, the world soccer federation, fined its Scottish affiliate after fans jeered while the Israeli anthem was played for the Israeli team that competed in the FIFA World Cup Qualifying match at Hampden Park, Glasgow last month. FIFA fined the Scottish Football Association to the tune of nearly $11,000 for that violation of the FIFA code, which prohibits expressions of disrespect toward any country’s flag or anthem.
It’s a sing other soccer fans sing at hostspur soccer games as tottenham hotspur for almost a century was rumored to be a jewish owned team and wear blue and white uniforms. Tottenham fans seem to embrace it.
For those comments comparing this to the U.S, note that the victim here is wearing a mask, while these perpetrators are not only unmasked but (in terms of official U.S. government dictum) spreading the pandemic vociferously through their singing and had this been under US jurisdiction would be guilty of federal crimes just for the mask thing alone.
Imagine what would happen if those acts were legal
What exactly was “anti-semitic” about the song? Sounds like any other dumb song immature men might sing. Is the word “Jew” even mentioned?