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West Ham issue fans warning

ESPN staff
May 2, 2014
Sam Allardyce said fans should "suffer the consequences" if they step out of line © Getty Images

West Ham have warned fans they will face severe consequences if they take part in any discriminatory behaviour, including anti-Semitic chanting, against Tottenham.

In November 2012, a section of West Ham fans taunted Spurs supporters at White Hart Lane about links to the Jewish community.

Two fans were arrested during Tottenham's 3-1 win, with one of the fans being handed a life ban. Three men were also arrested in December last year for posting anti-Semitic comments on Twitter.

West Ham manager Sam Allardyce said at the time fans should "suffer the consequences" if they stepped out of line.

West Ham have once again reminded their supporters to behave properly for the visit of Tottenham to Upton Park.

"Saturday's game is likely to be an immensely passionate affair and, as ever, we know both sets of fans will be providing plenty of vocal support for their team," the statement read.

"They will be acting as ambassadors for West Ham United and their behaviour should reflect the values and standards of our club. We are proud to support causes that promote tolerance and inclusion and tackle discrimination in whatever form it takes.

"Any inappropriate behaviour will not be tolerated. The club will adopt a zero tolerance policy towards any form of discriminatory behaviour and any fan found to be acting inappropriately - including racist, anti-Semitic and homophobic behaviour - will be punished to the full extent of the law and banned from attending matches."

Traditionally backed by a Jewish following, Tottenham supporters chant the word "Yid". Some in the Jewish community consider the term offensive but fan groups say it is used in defiance of those who abuse them about their Jewish links.

Three Spurs fans who chanted "Yid" had charges dropped against them in March after the Crown Prosecution Service said the word was not considered to be "threatening, abusive or insulting".

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