Alexander: Spurs fans hold the key

first_img Press Association “We would do everything in our power to meet the test of transitioning our fans to a new identity or away from the present one,” he added. West Ham’s fans had been under intense scrutiny before Sunday’s game after last year’s corresponding Barclays Premier League fixture was marred by a small section of the away support using anti-Semitic language and hissing loudly in an attempt to mimic the gassing of Jews during the Holocaust. The Hammers’ co-chairmen David Sullivan and David Gold, as well as manager Sam Allardyce, had pleaded with fans ahead of the game to avoid a repeat of such instances and, with no arrests linked to chanting made amongst their supporters, it appears the West Ham fans listened. The Metropolitan Police on Monday confirmed that nine other arrests were made for other public order offences during and after the match, which the away team won courtesy of second-half goals from Winston Reid, Ricardo Vaz Te and Ravel Morrison. Sullivan issued a statement on Monday afternoon praising the behaviour of West Ham’s travelling contingent. “It was a truly memorable afternoon for West Ham United at White Hart Lane on Sunday and I want to personally thank our fans for the important role they played in it,” he said. “While Sam Allardyce’s tactics and the players will rightly be praised for an absolutely outstanding 3-0 win at our local rivals, our fans made sure that today’s headlines were all about football rather than events in the stands. “On Sunday morning, I wrote an open letter to supporters attending the game to remind them they would be acting as ambassadors for our club. As expected, they did not let us down.” Sullivan also acknowledged the role played by his fellow chairman Gold, who himself is Jewish, in preventing a repeat of the distasteful chants from last season. “They [the fans] also showed respect for the occasion and understanding of the magnifying glass that was on them in the build-up to the game,” he added. “I would also like to save a few words of praise for my joint chairman David Gold for the emotive and highly personal interview he did ahead of the game. “Discrimination is an issue that is close to our hearts, which is why we were clear beforehand that it has no place at West Ham United.” While Alexander thinks no progress can be made on resolving the issue until that case comes to court he hopes a planned club consultation with fans can help to find a way forward. “The whole police position on this issue is absolutely wrong,” said Alexander, who is critical of the Metropolitan Police’s policy of arresting Tottenham fans who use the term. Both sets of fans travelling to the match at White Hart Lane had been warned by police that they could face arrest if they were heard chanting the word, which has been a recurring theme amongst Spurs supporters for some time. Yid is a term for a Jewish person which is often considered derogatory, but fans of the north London club chant the word as an act of defiance against those who taunt them because of their links with the Jewish community. Despite the police warning, home fans sang ”Yid army” and “we’ll sing what we want” before kick-off and the chants did not cease throughout the match. Police confirmed that a 51-year-old man was arrested after committing a section five public order offence at half-time in the stadium’s East Stand and he will now appear in court later next month. The Tottenham Supporters Trust would like both fans and the club to explain to members of the Jewish community why fans use the term. “It is different when Spurs fans use the term to when fans from other clubs use it,” explained Alexander. Once a consultation has been carried out if supporters come out against use of the term that will be respected, according to Alexander. Spurs fans have come in for criticism over the use of the term, which in some instances is considered anti-Semitic, with one being arrested at half-time during Sunday’s 3-0 defeat to West Ham for using it. He has been released on bail until November. Darren Alexander, joint-chairman of the Tottenham Supporters’ Trust, wants the club and fans to explain to the Jewish community why they chant “Yid army” but feels the approach taken by the Metropolitan Police is the wrong one. Tottenham supporters could do more to educate the wider community over their use of the word “Yid” according to an official fans group.last_img read more

Tennis News Roger Federer blazes into third round of Australian Open 2019, marks 100th game on Rod Laver Arena in style

first_img“Taylor played really well,” said Federer. “The first serve dropped up at times, but you can see the upside. He is going to have many more years on tour playing at this level. It is pretty cool to watch him play.”Federer was clearly in no mood to hang about and put his foot back down on the gas to race through the third in just 26 minutes. Ominously for his rivals, he is yet to drop a set this year and came into the Australian Open on the back of victory in the mixed teams Hopman Cup. Federer has won the last two tournaments at Melbourne Park in a late career resurgence and on this form will be hard to stop from extending his all-time record with a 21st major victory.               Federer, Novak Djokovic and Roy Emerson have all won six Australian Opens — although the Australian great’s victories all came before the Open era. For all the Latest Sports News News, Tennis News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. highlights Federer is aiming for his seventh Australian Open titleFederer has never lost in the first or second round hereFederer will be gunning for his record 21st title Melbourne: Defending champion Roger Federer marked his 100th match on Rod Laver Arena Friday by storming past American Taylor Fritz 6-2, 7-5, 6-2 in the third round. The 21-year-old world number 50 had no answer to the precision and finesse of the Swiss master, who extended his Open-era record for the most appearances in the fourth round of a Grand Slam to 63 with an 88-minute demolition. The 20-time Grand Slam champion will continue his quest for a record seventh Australian Open title against Greek 14th seed Stefanos Tsitsipas in the last 16. Federer blitzed the young American from the start, barrelling through the first set in just 20 minutes. It prompted Nick Kyrgios, commentating on Australian TV, to proclaim: “The way Federer is moving is scary. This is ridiculous tennis.”          Former junior world number one Fritz was bidding to reach the last 16 at a Grand Slam for the first time and put up a better fight in the second stanza. He held serve to lead 4-3 and had a glimmer of hope at 0-30 in the next. But Federer, as he has done so many times in the 20 years he has been coming to Melbourne, stepped up through the gears and got out of trouble by unleashing a repertoire of great shots including a serve-volley, a forehand winner up the line and ace.      At 5-5, Federer converted the second of two break points and served out for a two-set lead.last_img read more

Falconets Lash Tanzanites 6-0, Move to Next Round Â

first_imgA brace each by Rasheedat Ajibade and Folashade Ijamilusi and a goal each by Imo Anam and Cynthia Aku steered the Nigeria Under-20 women team to a 6-0 win over their Tanzanian counterparts in Dar es Salaam yesterday. First half ended 4-0 in favour of the Falconets at the Azam Stadium. The win took the Falconets to a 9-0 aggregate win over the East Africans, and a place in the second round of the African qualifying series for next year’s FIFA Under-20 Women’s World Cup finals. Ajibade also netted a brace in the first leg at the Samuel Ogbemudia Stadium, Benin City a fortnight ago, with the other goal by defender Lilian Tule. The two-time World Cup silver medallists will now square up against the winner of the fixture between Morocco and Senegal in the second round, set for November 2017. Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more