‘Anti-Semitic chanting by West Ham fans’ prompts appeal
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A group of West Ham fans upset passengers by chanting ‘vile’ anti-Semitic songs on a train after a game at Upton Park, police have said.
The incident allegedly occurred after the Hammers’ home defeat to Leicester City on Saturday August 15.
British Transport Police said a group of fans, some wearing replica claret and blue shirts, boarded the 7.03pm train travelling between Watford Junction and Birmingham New Street.
Pc Michael Botterill explained that a man got on the train at Watford Junction and sat down near the West Ham supporters, who were in the first class carriage.
He said: “As the train pulled away, they began to sing anti-Semitic songs.
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“The man, quite rightly, took offence to these vile songs and challenged the group over their language.
“However, they refused to stop and continued with their chanting.”
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Officers also received reports from several other witnesses about the group’s behaviour.
Pc Botterill added: “This sort of casual racism has gone unchallenged for too long.
“We know the vast majority of football fans are decent people, but for those who continue to make life unpleasant for the travelling public, our message is clear: we will not tolerate your yobbish behaviour.”
Today British Transport Police (BTP) released images of the men they want to speak with about the incident.
Pc Botterill explained: “I think the men in the pictures we are issuing today have information about this incident. Please let us know who they are.”
Anyone with information is should contact BTP on 0800 40 50 40 (or text 61016) quoting reference MSUB/B4 of 12/10/2015, or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.