One guy banned for life for Nazi salute
The supporter was one of two men arrested and cautioned for racially aggravated public order offences after giving the stiff-arm salute during an acrimonious 3-1 defeat to Tottenham Hotspur marred by anti-semitic and abusive chanting by West Ham fans. There were five other arrests for unrelated incidents.
As West Ham said they would pursue further life bans against other offenders, the Metropolitan Police is considering launching a criminal inquiry after receiving complaints about the widespread abuse from away supporters.
West Ham’s Israeli international Yossi Benayoun on Monday night spoke of his disappointment and embarrassment at hearing anti-Semitic abuse by some fans towards Tottenham’s supporters.
Benayoun said on Twitter: “I have a great relationship with the West Ham United supporters, from my first spell at the club and again now I am back on loan here.
“This why I was very disappointed to hear some of the songs yesterday and it was embarrassing.”
The visiting supporters were heard to chant “Viva Lazio”, “Can we stab you every week”, and, “Adolf Hitler is coming for you”.
This post was edited on 11/26 at 6:13 pm