‘Two disturbing incidents’
Arsenal are investigating two incidents of antisemitism which are alleged to have taken place on the day of their Premier League north London derby match against Tottenham.
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In a statement, Arsenal said, “We have been made aware of two disturbing incidents over the weekend involving antisemitism which are now under investigation.”
“There was an incident at the North London derby on Sunday involving Arsenal supporters in which one of our fans overheard grossly offensive antisemitic statements made by another Arsenal fan. On the same afternoon, we were appalled to hear of an incident at The Cally pub in Islington, involving other antisemitic chants.”
“We recognise the impact this behaviour has on our many Jewish supporters and others and condemn the use of language of this nature, which has no place in our game or society.”
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“Arsenal must be a safe and welcoming environment for everyone, and we want to be clear that any kind of discriminatory abuse is not welcome at our club.”
“We will not stand for this kind of behaviour and will take strong action against any supporters who we establish are responsible for such acts. Anyone identified will receive a lengthy club ban and their details will be passed to the police to commence legal proceedings.”
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