Three fans face racially-aggravated charges for alleged slurs at Tottenham matches
British authorities on Tuesday confirmed that three fans face racially-aggravated charges for slurs made during Tottenham matches in late 2013, according to a report from the Associated Press.
The fans allegedly used a derogatory term for Jews — “Yid” — after British police had warned spectators that they would be arrested for using the word.
British Prime Minister David Cameron had also issued a warning.
Gary Whybrow and Sam Parsons are accused of using the word at a Europa League game in November against FC Sheriff. Peter Ditchman is accused of using “Yid” at an October Premier League game against West Ham.
The news comes during a rash of similar incidents from the soccer world in which players and fans alike have been accused of making derogatory statements or actions that some believe to be anti-Semitic.
On Tuesday, West Bromwich Albion striker Nicolas Anelka was charged by the English Football Association for performing the ”quenelle,” a gesture widely described as an inverted Nazi salute. Anelka claims it was “anti-system” but the EFA said it was “abusive and/or indecent and/or insulting and/or improper….[and] included a reference to ethnic origin and/or race and/or religion or belief.”
San Antonio Spurs point guard Tony Parker was pictured making the gesture in a photo several years ago with a French comedian, but Parker was not fined by the NBA. He apologized last December after the photo surfaced.