Southampton, anti-Semitic songs & Tottenham
Another weekend, another shameful report of anti-Semitism following Southampton’s 2-1 win over Tottenham in the Premier League.
In an exclusive report in the Sunday Times, a couple of Southampton fans have been outed after they voiced horrific Holocaust inspired chants during the Spurs game.
For the avoidance of doubt, Tottenham are often targeted with anti-Semitic songs as they are widely perceived to be a Jewish club.
Auschwitz, Hitler & gassing the Jews
So what actually happened at St Mary’s on Saturday?
According to a report from an unnamed Sunday Times journalist, two Southampton supporters were heard making disgraceful anti-Semitic statements against Spurs:
A Sunday Times journalist, who preferred to remain anonymous for fear of reprisals, was in the Kingsland stand of St Mary’s when a man in his twenties broke into a song that began: “Spurs are on their way to Auschwitz, Hitler’s gonna gas them again.” The game was only 10 minutes old at this point.
Told that his song was racist, the man reacted by saying: “You’d better not come back next week.” Later in the first half, a friend of the man sang: “Same old Tottenham, all need gassing,” and “Get in the showers.”
The pair, who were sitting next to a young boy and his father, left their seats shortly before half-time, shouting abuse at the journalist as they went. The incident was reported to stewards, though another Southampton fan told the journalist: “I’ll see you after the game.”
The stewards found another seat for the journalist and offered to escort him out of the ground after the final whistle as a precaution, although this was not necessary.
‘An unnamed Sunday Times’
A word on this issue.
How is it that in 2019 a journalist in England is cowered into hiding their identity in the face of indefensible anti-Semitism?
This is in an indictment on today’s society where anti-Semitism is tolerated.
Southampton’s previous problems with fans
The Tottenham incident isn’t the first time Southampton fans have shamed their club this season.
Just a month ago, a Cardiff City supporter filmed two Southampton fans mocking Emiliano Sala’s death at St Mary’s.
The Saints fans displayed plane gestures towards the Welsh fans.
Those fans were detained by police.
⚠️ Warning Strong Language ⚠️
Absolutely disgusting from this Southampton fan mocking the death of Emiliano Sala…
— The Sportsman (@TheSportsman) February 9, 2019