CST condemns alleged neo-Nazi attack on Spurs fans in France

21 Feb 2013 by CST

CST is deeply concerned by reports that violent thugs made Nazi salutes when attacking fans of Tottenham Hotspur in France last night.

This follows similar violence directed at Spurs fans in Rome in November.

It is clearly unacceptable for football fans to be met with antisemitism and racism when following their team and we expect all the relevant authorities to treat this latest incident with the utmost seriousness.

We welcome the news that arrests have been made by French police following last night's violence and we hope that investigations will continue to see if further arrests can be made.

CST will continue to work with the football authorities and anti-racist groups to reduce the amount of antisemitism and racism affecting football fans and players at all levels of the game. As we wrote after the attack in Rome, it is time for action.

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“Since 2003, CST has been a stalwart supporter of ODIHR in its efforts to effectively monitor antisemitic hate crime in the OSCE Region. With its rigorous methodology and innovative partnerships with the British police, it is viewed by many as representing the gold standard for NGO responses to all forms of hate crime. I wish CST all success in its exciting new phase of work.”

Michael Georg Link
OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights