Man arrested in connection to video of West Ham fans directing anti-Semitic abuse towards a Jewish man

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 (Essex Police)
(Essex Police)

Essex Police have arrested a man after West Ham fans were seen directing anti-Semitic abuse towards a Jewish man on a flight to Belgium.

A video circulating on social media this week showed West Ham fans directing offensive abuse at a Jewish man as he walked down the aisle on a flight to Belgium, where the Hammers were facing Genk in the Europa League on Thursday.

The club say they are "appalled" by the behaviour and will ban any supporters involved who can be identified while manager David Moyes has expressed his disappointment.

Now, Essex Police have arrested a 55-year-old man as he stepped off a return flight from Belgium at Stansted Airport on Friday afternoon before being taken for questioning.

In a statement, Essex Police said: "Essex Police Officers arrested a man on suspicion of a hate crime at Stansted Airport just before 4pm today, Friday 5 November.

"Officers arrested the 55-year-old man as he stepped off a flight from Belgium.

"The man has been taken to an Essex Police station where he will be questioned.

"We immediately launched an investigation after being made aware of a video on social media of a man being subjected to harassment whilst taking his seat on board an aeroplane before it departed from Stansted Airport on 4th November."

Essex Police Chief Superintendent, Tom Simons said: “Essex Police will not tolerate racism or discrimination of any kind.

“Having been made aware of the incident this morning, officers worked quickly to secure an arrest at the earliest possible opportunity.”

On Friday, Moyes said: “I have to say first and foremost that I don’t see our football club being like that.

"I think we are a diverse football club. There’s no room for any discrimination anywhere in the world, not just at West Ham, in the world there [should be] no discrimination. So I’m really disappointed to hear about it but I’m sure it was individuals and not a big section of the supporters. So I’m just sorry to hear about it.”

Essex Police continue to investigate the incident are asking anyone with further information to come forward and contact them on 101.

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