Third 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)

Police have arrested a third man on suspicion of racially or religiously aggravated harassment after a video showed West Ham fans directing anti-Semitic abuse towards a Jewish man.

Footage emerged last week of West Ham fans singing an anti-Semitic song towards a Jewish man on a plane as they flew to Belgium to watch their team’s Europa League clash with Genk.

Last week, Essex Police arrested two men, one aged 55 and one aged 26, on suspicion of a hate crime as they stepped off their return flights from Belgium and the Netherlands respectively. Both have been released on bail until December 1.

Now a third man, a 31-year-old from Dartford who voluntarily attended a police station on Monday, has been arrested and was taken in to custody.

West Ham said they were "appalled" by the footage and moved swiftly to ban the two arrested men last week.

In a statement last week, West Ham said: “West Ham United is appalled by the contents of the video circulating on social media and condemn the behaviour of the individuals involved.

“The club is liaising with the airline and relevant authorities to identify the individuals.

“We continue to be unequivocal in our stance — we have a zero-tolerance approach to any form of discrimination.

“Any individuals identified will be issued with an indefinite ban from the club. Equality, diversity and inclusion are at the heart of the football club and we do not welcome any individuals who do not share those values.”

Police investigations continue and Essex Police have asked anyone with relevant information to contact them by calling 101.

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