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Police investigating claims of antisemitic abuse at Liverpool-Spurs Premier League match

Liverpool FC condemned the alleged abuse, and said it is working with Merseyside Police, Tottenham Hotspur and Kick It Out to identify those responsible

    A last-minute Tottenham penalty capped a heated match at Anfield (Photo: Getty Images)
    A last-minute Tottenham penalty capped a heated match at Anfield (Photo: Getty Images)

    Police are investigating allegations that Liverpool supporters directed antisemitic language towards Tottenham Hotspur players after the two sides’ heated Premier League match on Sunday.

    Video footage appeared to show a Liverpool fan in the Main Stand section of Anfield using the term “Jewish c**ts” moments after Spurs forward Harry Kane converted a contentious penalty to draw the match level at 2-2.

    “Three or four” fans in total were also heard calling Tottenham players “Yid c**ts”, according to a journalist covering the game.

    He said: “There was about three or four people that passed me on the way out of Anfield who were engaged in it.

    “One supporter spotted some Spurs fans celebrating Kane's penalty and started screaming ‘Yid c***s’ repeatedly as he left and was gesturing towards them.

    “I'm sure (Liverpool’s) stadium cameras would pick him out if they provided it. Others just shouted about ‘Yids’.”

    Please note: Video below contains language which some may find offensive

    Tottenham Hotspur, based in north London, has a long association with the local Jewish community, and racial epithets related to Jews have long been used to abuse the club’s players and fans.

    Liverpool Football Club condemned the alleged antisemitic abuse, and has said it is working with Merseyside Police, Tottenham Hotspur and Kick It Out to identify those responsible.

    A club spokesman said: “We investigate all reported incidents at Anfield and anyone found guilty of such an offence would receive a lifetime stadium ban.”

    Inspector Mark Drew of Merseyside Police added: “If anyone witnessed such an incident or has any footage, please come forward so we can investigate this matter fully.”

    A Tottenham Hotspur spokesman said that antisemitic language is "wholly unacceptable", adding that the club hopes any fans found to have used abusive language were dealt with "in the strongest way".

    In addition to the police, information relating to the alleged abuse can be reported to Liverpool FC on 07479 638022 or to Stop Hate UK on 0800 138 1625.

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