A 55-year-old man from Hemel Hempstead has been cautioned by police for posting a series of anti-Semitic messages on Twitter on the day of a Tottenham Hotspur football match.
A West Ham supporter from the town was arrested at his home this morning on suspicion of malicious communications.
He had made sick online comments referring to the Holocaust and Adolf Hitler around the time of his team’s game against Spurs at their White Hart Lane homeground on October 6.
The Metropolitan Police received a complaint and launched an investigation, which gleaned other abusive messages on the man’s social media account – @pienmashgeezer – that incited violence against Muslims.
The Twitter account was suspended.
He was today taken to a north London police station and later issued with a caution.
Rival football fans have been accustomed to chanting insults about Tottenham’s alleged Jewish following, and some fans of the north London club refer to themselves as ‘Yids’. But in recent months, campaigners have been urging them to disown the term because of the racist connotations.
The controversy has attracted much wider attention because of social networking.