Search

Rabbi fears anti-Semitic attack on Spurs fans in Lyon could be repeated as far right rises in Europe

15:12 26 February 2013

Damage at the Smoking Dog pub in Lyon,. Photo: Paul Hirst

Damage at the Smoking Dog pub in Lyon,. Photo: Paul Hirst

PA Wire/Press Association Images

Anti-Semitic attacks similar to the one on Spurs fans last week in Lyon could become more common as far-right groups continue to rise in Europe, a Rabbi has said.

A group of more than 100 Tottenham Hotspur supporters, including Ilford resident James Taylor, 22, were attacked while celebrating in a pub on the eve of the Europa League second round clash.

Three fans were hospitalised after a group of up to 50 masked thugs made Nazi salutes and threw chairs and projectiles at around 10.30pm on Wednesday.

It came three months after Tottenham fans were attacked in Rome as they prepared to face Lazio.

Rabbi Richard Jacobi, of Woodford Liberal Synagogue in Marlborough Road, South Woodford, fears the financial crisis in Europe is stoking old racial and religious tensions.

He said: “Tottenham Hotspur is identified as a Jewish club and using the word “Yids” excites controversy.

“But I think it’s become something entirely different to a racial identity for the fans.

“The issue is what reaction it draws from other people but it’s no different to someone saying they’re Jewish.”

Rabbi Jacobi said security authorities and UEFA should do more to guard against racism and anti-Semitism in football.

He added: “History tells us that when economic times are very bad and mainstream politicians don’t seem to have instant solutions, people look for what seems like one.

“In countries with a history of overt anti-Semitism, it’s a tack that people will take.

“We can’t look away from it.”

Police have arrested three men. The Rhone police prefect said one was a member of a far-right group and two were Lyon “hooligans”.

Latest News Stories

15:55
Sharon Mwangi from Ilford has won Miss State Commonwealth representing Kenya

Picture by Ellie Hoskins

A fashion student set on challenging perceptions of her area has been crowned beauty queen at a pageant.

11:36
Redbridge Council has announced plans to build a new swimming pool at Mayfield School. 

Cllr Wes Streeting with other Cllrs, pupils from the school, Head Teacher and the Chair of Governers

Details about a proposed third public swimming pool in Redbridge have been released.

07:00
Wilson Chowdhry, owner of AA Security on 73 Green lane has received hoards of junk mail. The mail is for at least ten other addresses than 73 Green lane.

Ilford’s first ever Christmas Festival will take place on Tuesday.

Yesterday, 12:00
Househunter turned employee Jess Rodgers

It’s not every day a visit to a housing development turns into a new job – but that’s what happened to one 26-year-old from South Woodford.

Most read news

People are paying tribute after the rock and blues legend Joe Cocker has passed away.

After a bin lorry lost control in the heart of Glasgow today, Police Scotland have confirmed six people have died.

‘Fromage’ kicks immigrants off the White Cliffs of Dover in the Ukik phone app.

The world seems to agree: no matter how tasteless this new film, censoring freedom of speech with cyber threats is probably worse.

Digital Edition

Image
Read the Ilford Recorder e-edition today E-edition