British Jews came down on a local soccer team after fans’ racist chants were displayed on the Internet. Some 30 West Ham United fans were captured on a cellphone video chanting "I’d rather be a Paki than a Jew" at the team’s Sunday game against Tottenham Hotspur, a reference to the team’s large Jewish fan base. The video appeared shortly afterward on YouTube, and was taken down, but not before the Football Association had notified the police. The West Ham club promised to investigate the incident, including why ushers at the game didn’t intervene. "This deeply disgraceful and racist behavior has no place in British society," said Mark Gardner of Community Security Trust, according to somethingjewish.co.uk. "We expect West Ham to make every effort to identify the culprits and ensure they are not welcomed at any matches in the future."
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