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Sing What You Want To: Spurs And Ajax Fans Should Teach Lodz How To Handle Anti-Semitic Abuse

by | 16th, January 2014

 

CNN’S James Masters, reports on news that the Polish prosecutor says Lech Poznan fans chanting “Move on, Jews! Your home is at Auschwitz! Send you to the gas (chamber)!” to Widzew Lodz supporters is not anti-Semitic.

Polish football writer Michal Zachodny tells CNN : “This case is being discussed a lot in Poland and rightly causing critique of the system and its decision. Although the PZPN, the Polish Football Association, has introduced stricter laws and are more proactive in dealing with such problems than they were, there is no plan, no willingness to do anything with the problem. There is no special police line to report abuse anonymously.”

Is doing the Poznan turning your back not only on the action but also on racism?

No. Prosecutor Monika Rutkowsk says the Poznan fans’ chants were directed at the opposing team and not specifically at Jews.

She’s right. The aim is to upset the opposition, to make them gnash their teeth and feel the sting of insult. Best of  all if they cry. The chant is unpleasant because it’s meant to be. Do Poznan fans greet a workmate of family member who supports Lodz with an order to be gassed? It’s unlikely.

Lech Poznan have responded,  issuing this statement: “The club has already expressed its condemnation of this type of behaviour and has fulfilled its obligations to the police and prosecutors. The club does not deal in the prosecution of groups of fans, because this is the task of the aforementioned police and prosecutors. One of the aims of the club is to educate its fans, to talk with them and eradicate certain issues. This approach has been in place at the club for many years.”

Who goes to the match to be educated? But CNN is keen to educate its readers. We get a spot of history:

Known as a “Jewish club” in the same way as English team Tottenham Hotspur and Dutch side Ajax are, Widzew and the city’s smaller club, LKS Lodz, are often taunted by rival team’s fans… The problems within Polish football are not confined to Poznan and Lodz — Krakow and Warsaw witness similar incidents whenever those cities’ clubs play each other. Cracovia, a club founded by Jews in 1906, endures a hateful relationship with its Krakow city rival Wisla, which is driven by anti-Semitism. Wisla’s hardcore supporters, known as the “Anti Jude Gang,” are infamous for their chanting and banners, even though the club has signed Jewish players in the past.

 

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The mention of Spurs is interesting. Last year, the ridiculous Society of Black Lawyers demanded that Tottenham fans stopped singing “Yid Army”, refrain from saluting ejected fans and players and with cries of “Yiddo! Yiddo!”and all and any other mention of Yids. The FA stated:  “Use of the term in a public setting could amount to a criminal offence and leave fans liable to prosecution.” Calling yourself a Yid must be outlawed.

Journalist Hans Knoop says: “When they yell ‘Jews, Jews!’ or ‘Super Jews,’ it’s about firing up the team and

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