British Police Seeking Soccer-Fan Suspects Behind Antisemitic Abuse of Orthodox Jew on UK Train
Police in the UK are searching for a suspect in connection to the verbal abuse of a Jewish man by fans of the Chelsea Football Club, the Evening Standard reported on Tuesday.
Following a match between Chelsea and the Milton Keynes Dons Football Club on Jan. 31, a group of Chelsea fans boarded a Euston-bound train and began using foul language, according to Detective Constable David Peek. One of them suddenly singled out an Orthodox Jewish passenger, and all began chanting antisemitic songs in his direction.
The victim of the verbal abuse had no choice, then, but to move to a different car “as a result of this disgraceful behavior,” the detective said.
Police released a photo of a man they are trying to find in connection to the abuse, whom they believe may have knowledge of the incident.
“Nobody should have to put up with abuse just because of their race or religion, and we take all reports of hate crime extremely seriously,” said Detective Peek. “I think the man in the image I am issuing today will have information about the incident. Please tell us who he is?”
Anyone with information regarding the incident is asked to contact British Transport Police or the Crimestoppers hotline.