LONDON — England’s Arsenal soccer membership revealed on Wednesday that an investigation has been launched right into a pair of “disturbing” antisemitic incidents following its north London derby win in opposition to Tottenham on Sunday.
The Premier League leaders stated one incident happened on the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium and the opposite at a pub in Islington, north London, later that day.
“Now we have been made conscious of two disturbing incidents over the weekend involving antisemitism which are actually beneath investigation,” an Arsenal assertion stated on Wednesday.
“There was an incident on the north London derby on Sunday involving Arsenal supporters by which certainly one of our followers overheard grossly offensive antisemitic statements made by one other Arsenal fan,” the workforce stated.
“On the identical afternoon, we had been appalled to listen to of an incident at The Cally pub in Islington, involving different antisemitic chants,” it added. “We acknowledge the impression this habits has on our many Jewish supporters and others and condemn using language of this nature, which has no place in our sport or society.”
The Cally pub incident appeared to have been described in a Twitter thread early Monday.
“Arsenal have to be a secure and welcoming atmosphere for everybody, and we wish to be clear that any type of discriminatory abuse just isn’t welcome at our membership. We won’t stand for this type of habits and can take robust motion in opposition to any supporters who we set up are accountable for such acts. Anybody recognized will obtain a prolonged membership ban and their particulars can be handed to the police to start authorized proceedings,” the assertion stated.
Arsenal’s 2-0 win, their first within the league at Tottenham since 2014, was additionally marred by a fan assault on goalkeeper Aaron Ramsdale after the ultimate whistle.
Joseph Watts, a 35-year-old from Hackney, has been charged with “assault by beating, occurring to an space adjoining to a enjoying space and throwing a missile on to a soccer enjoying space” and is because of seem at Highbury Magistrates’ Courtroom on February 17.