Footballer investigated after claiming ‘Hitler would be proud’ of win against Jewish team

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Footballer investigated after claiming ‘Hitler would be proud’ of win against Jewish team

Jewish News has since learned that the father of the teenage player who made the antisemitic remark has subsequently sent an apology for his son's conduct.

Lee Harpin is the Jewish News's political editor

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A football match involving a Jewish children’s team is at the centre of antisemitism probe after an opposition player posted a message on social media saying “Hitler would be proud” of his side’s victory.

The message, which also said “4-3 win against some random Jews” was posted online following a match played in a Hertfordshire Football Association fixture on Sunday.

The Community Security Trust confirmed it immediately received several complaints about the Instagram post and added they would be following it up with the relevant authorities.

Jewish News has learned that the father of the player who made the antisemitic remark has subsequently sent an apology for his son’s conduct.

Sources say the apology appeared to be sincere and heartfelt.

CST have reported the matter to Herts FA, and to the football anti-racism charity Kick It Out.

The police are also believed to have been informed of the incident.

All parties are understood to be open to the possibility of making the player responsible for the post attend antisemitism awareness training, including the father of the teenager.

In a statement Hertfordshire FA said:”We are aware of an incident involving antisemitic abuse that occurred following a match over the weekend.

“A full investigation has been opened and the affected club has been offered assistance via Sporting Chance who provide dedicated support to victims of discrimination.

“We’re clear that discrimination has no place in football, whether on the pitch, at the training ground, in the stands or online. If you witness unacceptable behaviour in football, please tell us about it so that we can deal with it accordingly.”

The incident takes place as CST, Kick It Out and Lord Mann, the government’s antisemitism adviser, conduct a speaking tour of UK football associations on how to tackle and avoid antisemitic content.

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