UK Police appeal after Orthodox male forced to switch train carriages after anti-Semitic football fans abuse

An Orthodox Jewish rail passenger was abused by a group of Chelsea football fans after he was subjected to anti-Semitic chants following an FA Cup clash.

British Transport Police said the man was forced to move carriages after he was singled out by football supporters on a train from Milton Keynes to Euston on Sunday, January 31.

Detectives today released an image of a man they believe may have knowledge of the incident as part of a wider appeal for information.


Detective Constable David Peek said: “The incident happened on Sunday, January 31, the day Chelsea played at MK Dons in the FA Cup.

“Following the match, a group of Chelsea fans boarded a Euston bound service at Milton Keynes at 7.50pm.

“The carriage was crowded and they began using foul language. One of them singled out an Orthodox Jewish man and all of the men began chanting anti-Semitic abuse at him.”

“The victim moved carriage as a result of this disgraceful behaviour.

“Nobody should have to put up with abuse just because of their race or religion, and we take all reports of hate crime extremely seriously.

“I think the man in the image I am issuing today will have information about the incident. Please tell us who he is?”

Anyone with information is asked to contact British Transport Police on 0800 40 50 40, or text 61016, quoting reference 210 of 21/03/2016. Alternatively you can call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

Original appeal article here.

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