Jewish fan faced anti-Semitic abuse from fellow Arsenal supporters after North London derby
An Arsenal supporter has called for a “culture change” in football after being subjected to anti-Semitic abuse from supporters of her own club.
Katie Price, 26, had enjoyed two games on Sunday – Arsenal Women v Chelsea Women in the morning and Arsenal v Tottenham in the evening.
She and her friends visited the Cally Pub in Islington for the second game, where they had an interaction with a group of older men.
Katie, who is Jewish, claims fellow Arsenal supporters called her anti-Semitic after she asked them to stop singing “Yiddo”.
Yiddo and Yid are anti-Semitic terms for a Jew and are often used to refer to Spurs fans.
Katie says she was called a “Dirty F”.** yid’ and ‘Tottenham support yiddo’ from the men.
She claims the group then grabbed her Arsenal strip to tear it down before threatening violence.
After raising the issue with the bar staff, it was Katie and her friends who were asked to leave the premises.
she said Metro.co.uk: “It was the first time I have experienced such violent abuse. What was shocking was the amount of people who participated as well as the people who didn’t do anything.
“They also tried to rip my shirt off, which fits into the broader narrative against Jews that we are not who we say we are.
“I was really shaken. Football is a big part of my life, my family is from Eastern Europe and football was a way for them to integrate.
“In games you’re told to report abuse or situations like that, ‘kick out’.”
“But that’s a broken window solution, football doesn’t start and end at the stadium.”
Katie posted about the situation on Instagram – and the news soon reached Arsenal bosses.
A spokesman for the club said: “We recognize the impact this behavior is having on our many Jewish supporters and others and condemn the use of language of this nature which has no place in our game or society.
“We will not condone this type of behavior and will take strict action against any supporters who we determine are responsible for such actions.
“Anyone identified will receive a lengthy club ban and their details will be passed on to the police for a court proceeding.”
Rabbi Schiff, executive director of Aish, JRoots and Jewish Futures, said the incident reflected the need for better education about the Holocaust.
He said Metro.co.uk: “The attack on Katie is shocking and disturbing, part of a larger picture of growing anti-Semitism in the UK.
“Unfortunately, this reinforces the need for Holocaust education, which we continue to do at JRoots.
“We hope that the upcoming Holocaust Remembrance Day will also serve as a reminder of the dangers of uncontrolled anti-Semitic incidents like this.”
Katie, a comedian, says antisemitism can be “in people’s blind spots” and sometimes “isn’t considered racism.”
The lifelong Arsenal fan hopes that by sharing her story she can help raise awareness about the abuse of Jews in Britain in 2023.
The 26-year-old added: “This is more than just football. A culture change is required.”
Both Islington Council and the Met are investigating the Cally Bar incident.
Cllr John Woolf, Islington Council’s Community Safety Executive, said: “We stand with our communities against hate crime and will not tolerate hate crime in Islington.
“We are investigating this very worrying incident, are in close contact with the pub and are working closely with the police.”
The Cally Pub declined to comment.
In a statement, Met Police told Metro.co.uk: “On Monday 16 January police received a report from a woman of an anti-Semitic incident which took place on Sunday 15 January at a pub had occurred at Caledonian Road, N7 .
“Officials have spoken to the woman and are staying in touch.
“Detectives from the Central North Command Unit are leading the investigation and conducting a variety of investigations, including reviewing CCTV footage.”
To read more about Katie’s experiences, detailed in the Jewish Chronicle, click here.
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