Police hunt football fan who chanted anti-Semitic song on London Tube

Police hunt football fan who chanted anti-Semitic song on London Tube

Police are appealing for information about a football fan who chanted an anti-Semitic song to a Jewish passenger onboard the London Tube on the day of the Europa Cup Final in May.

British Transport Police (BTP) has released CCTV images of the Chelsea fan they would like to speak to in connection with the incident, which took place at around 7.40pm on 15 May.

Detective Sergeant Doug Fairbairn, the investigating officer, said: "A number of Chelsea FC fans were already on the train when the victim boarded the District line train travelling towards Wimbledon London Underground station.

"A man, who was already onboard the carriage, began chanting an anti-Semitic song.

"The victim asked the man to stop but he carried on repeating it until he left the train at Fulham Broadway station."

Officers have spoken to witnesses and circulated images on police intelligence systems, but to no avail so far.

Police hunt football fan who chanted anti-Semitic song on London Tube

DS Fairbairn said: "This must have been an extremely intimidating experience for the passenger who boarded the train. The vast majority of supporters are well-behaved and a credit to their clubs. Sadly, as in this case, an individual was prepared to step out of line and seemed intent on causing problems."

Witness James Regal, 30, told Metro he heard the man singing 'one man went to gas, went to gas a yiddo', a song aimed at Tottenham Hotspur, which has a large number of Jewish fans.

Speaking to the newspaper, he said: "He just kept singing it louder and louder. He was with a group of other fans and to their credit they didn't sing anything but he kept going.

"This was in a packed commuter train and people were uncomfortable. I spoke with a woman after, once he'd left, and she was very upset."

Anyone with information should contact British Transport Police on Freefone 0800 40 50 40 quoting B7 of 21/06/13. Alternatively call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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