ARSENAL has launched an anti-Semitism probe over “offensive” chants at the Spurs clash.
The club published a statement this evening saying it had been made aware of “two disturbing incidents” at the weekend.
PAArsenal has launched an investigation into two ‘grossly offensive anti-semitic statements’ made over the weekend[/caption]
One unfolded during the Spurs match itself, and another at the pub afterwards.
Arsenal said understood the impact such “grossly offensive anti-semitic statements” could have on their Jewish supporters.
It reiterated there was “no place” for such behaviour in football, or society.
Investigations into the incidents are now underway, it said.
In a statement titled Antisemitism, the club said: “We have been made aware of two disturbing incidents over the weekend involving anti-semitism which are now under investigation.
“There was an incident at the North London derby on Sunday involving Arsenal supporters in which one of our fans overheard grossly offensive anti-semitic statements made by another Arsenal fan.
“On the same afternoon, we were appalled to hear of an incident at The Cally pub in Islington, involving other anti-semitic chants.
“We recognise the impact this behaviour has on our many Jewish supporters and others and condemn the use of language of this nature, which has no place in our game or society.”
The statement continued: “Arsenal must be a safe and welcoming environment for everyone, and we want to be clear that any kind of discriminatory abuse is not welcome at our club.
“We will not stand for this kind of behaviour and will take strong action against any supporters who we establish are responsible for such acts.
“Anyone identified will receive a lengthy club ban and their details will be passed to the police to commence legal proceedings.
“If any of our supporters witness any form of discriminatory behaviour, we urge them to report the incident to the police.
“If inside our stadium, report to a matchday steward or use our ‘See Something, Say Something’ service by texting “FOUL” to 67777 together with a description of the incident and the location within the stadium.
“This enables supporters to report an incident safely and for us to act as quickly as possible.”