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A Burnley fan has been filmed making an alleged Nazi salute towards Tottenham fans.
During the 1-0 defeat for the Lancashire side at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, one of the home fans filmed the supporter lifting his arm straight out at an angle, and repeating the move over and over again. A caption of the uploaded video read: “Disgusting, Burnley fan at Spurs today doing a Nazi salute. Absolutely shameful. @metpoliceuk take action against this, no room for racism or antisemitism in football.”
And in the replies, the poster continued: “Should also make clear that loads of Burnley have expressed disgust at this, have received loads of DMs from their fans. Disgusting behaviour but only a small majority, does not represent Burnley or what they stand for. Also want to make clear that the stewards removed them as soon as they heard the reports.”
Tottenham has a proud Jewish support and a historical association with the community through their supporters in North London.
A Burnley statement read: “We can confirm there have been three arrests in the away end today following reports of discrimination.
“This is now a police investigation and, collectively, we will work with Tottenham Hotspur, Met Police and Lancs Police on this matter.”
Tottenham said in a statement: “The Club can confirm two visiting supporters have been identified and arrested following discriminatory gestures at today’s match. We shall be supporting the police with their investigation.”
And Met Police said: "During the Tottenham v Burnley match on Sunday, 15 May, officers were alerted to two men who had been ejected from the Burnley section of the stadium.
"Both men were subsequently arrested by Met officers on suspicion of a racially aggravated public order offence. They have been taken into custody."
Meanwhile, Burnley's Mike Jackson’s put up a good fight but were ultimately beaten after Spurs were awarded a controversial first-half penalty in which VAR ruled that Ashley Barnes handled Davinson Sanchez's shot.
Striker Harry Kane cooly buried the ball into the net from the net to earn Antonio Conte's side a vital three points in their pursuit of a Champions League spot.
"The penalty was clear, first of all!" Conte said on BT Sport. "Because I have seen that someone has complained about the penalty, it was not 100 per cent clear. It was 200 per cent. And then we created other chances to improve the result, in one end the keeper [Pope] was good.”
The win sees Spurs jump to fourth in the table, two points ahead of Arsenal. Burnley, meanwhile, are back in the relegation zone, a point behind Leeds.
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