Three arrested after violent anti-Semitic attack against Tottenham fansBy Mason White 3:37 PM February 25, 2013
|The Smoking Dog pub|
By: David Ross
(Scroll down for video) 3 men were arrested and charged with assault related charges after a violent attack against fans of a sports team viewed as heavily favored by Jews, according to police reports in France.
French police have arrested the three men after a gang attack in a bar full of English soccer fans in Lyon.
Tottenham Hotspur fans said that around 50 masked men, some giving the Nazi salute, smashed doors, threw chairs, wooden objects and smoke bombs in the Smoking Dog pub where up to 150 supporters had gathered before a match against a French team.
Rhone police prefect Jean-Pierre Cazenave-Lacrouts told a French television news station that officers have arrested three French citizens, including one who is a member of a right wing organization and two Lyon fans.
Tottenham Hotspur said club officials were present during the incident in which three fans suffered minor injuries.
Eyewitnesses inside the pub, popular with expatriates, said that thugs attacked the bar at 10:18 pm Wednesday night and returned again after launching a new assault on the pub, which suffered considerable damage as a result.
A spokesperson for the Foreign and Commonwealth Office said: “We are aware of reports of an attack on British citizens in France and are providing consular assistance.”
It is the second time that Tottenham fans have been subjected to an apparent anti-Semitic attack in the last three months.
In November the club’s fans in North London, which has many Jewish followers were ambushed inside a pub in Rome on the eve of their match against Lazio.
Tottenham and their supporters will return to Italy next month for a match.
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