This season it seems like we can’t go more than a couple of weeks without allegations of racial or antisemitic abuse at a Tottenham Hotspur match. The latest comes from Sky Sports, which is reporting that Southampton is presently investigating antisemitic chanting directed at Spurs players from one of the home stands during Saints’ 2-1 win over Spurs on Saturday.
According to the article, a fan (and notably it doesn’t say whether it is a Spurs or a Saints fan) reported hearing the chanting coming from the Kingsland stand.
Unfortunately, Spurs have been involved in a number of racist and antisemitic incidents this season. There have been reports of antisemitic chants from Chelsea fans at Stamford Bridge, a Sheffield United player was accused of making “monkey noises” at Spurs Ladies player Renee Hector, and now this. However, a Spurs fan was also arrested and charged after throwing a banana peel on the pitch at Arsenal’s Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, so we can’t say that Tottenham fans have always been on the side of the angels, either.
I have no idea what the solution here is. Maybe there isn’t one, at least not anytime soon. The only thing to do is to condemn these things when they happen, find the people responsible, and work as hard as possible to stamp it out of football.