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Youth team footballer subjected to antisemitic abuse online

Instagram posts directed at Brady Maccabi under-16 player contained vile slurs

    Brady Maccabi chairman Joel Nathan said the incident had been reported both to the police and the CST.
    Brady Maccabi chairman Joel Nathan said the incident had been reported both to the police and the CST.

    Parents were left “shocked and upset” after alleged antisemitic abuse on social media was directed at a member of a Jewish youth football team.

    The Brady Maccabi Red under-16 player was called “Jew boy”, “gay Jew” and “Nazi victim” and was referred to as “taking a gas shower”.

    The messages were posted on Instagram in a private chat group, seen by the player.

    They were posted after Brady Maccabi beat Enfield-based Olympiacos 3-1 last Sunday in the Watford Friendly League.

    Joel Nathan, chairman of Brady Maccabi, which is based in north London, said the incident had been reported to police and the Community Security Trust (CST).

    One parent of a Brady Maccabi player, who wished to remain anonymous, said he and others were left “fuming and very upset” after reading the messages.

    He said: “They were quite shocking. We’ve never had anything like this before in football. It’s very upsetting.”

    Olympiacos club president, Andy Koullas said he was not aware of the incident but would investigate.

    A CST spokesman said: “CST will support our partners at the police, FA and Kick It Out to look into this allegation with the seriousness it deserves.” 

    The London Football Association said it was investigating the matter.

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