Friday, November 30, 2012
Racist chants at English soccer match
Tottenham Hotspurs is a largely Jewish London football club who sometimes refer to themselves as "Yids". In sport however political correctness often gets forgotten and they do come in for racist abuse
And in Italy recently there was more than abuse. A group of Tottenham fans were physically attacked by thugs supporting a rival Italian football club: Lazio
But in Britain it was just hot air
The bile-spewing West Ham fans who baited their Tottenham Hotspur rivals because some of their number had been stabbed by a Nazi mob could take a couple of lessons in history.
What the West Ham fans were chanting:
'Adolf Hitler, he's coming for you'
'Can we stab you every week?'
Ashley Mills, a 25-year-old Tottenham fan, was the most severely injured of 10 compatriots who were subject to an unprovoked act of violence while drinking in the Drunken Ship pub in Campo de Fiori, Rome, ahead of his club's Europa League tie with Lazio.
The Ultras – renowned hooligans in the Eternal City – had come 50 strong to make an anti-Semitic attack against Tottenham, with their traditionally Jewish heritage.
Two men, both fans of Lazio's neighbouring club Roma, were arrested and charged.
In celebration of the foregoing hate-crime, West Ham fans, who were said to number hundreds rather than dozens yesterday, chanted 'Viva Lazio'.