Britain / 23-04-2010

Britain - Golfer expressed antisemitic expected to be punished


The Professional Golf Association may take disciplinary action against Ian Poulter after the golfer publicly branded fans of Tottenham Hotspur football club "Yids".

The 34-year-old, who finished tenth in the US Masters earlier this month, is an Arsenal supporter and was disappointed after last week match between the two north-London rivals, which Tottenham won 2-1. After the match Poulter wrote on his Twitter internet page: "Not talking about football after being beaten by Yids."

Poulter apologized online the next day, writing: "I didn't mean to offend anybody with my football tweet. Very sorry if I did. I am not racial in anyway."

However, a spokesman for the PGA European Tour said the player may face disciplinary action. He said: "We certainly do not condone this kind of language and we will be investigating and taking appropriate measures."

Mark Gardner of the CST said: "The time is long overdue for zero tolerance of this football terrace stupidity. Ian Poulter should realise that racist abuse no longer has any place in society, including sport."

Martin Berliner of Maccabi GB added: "When one person says it there's uproar, but when 40,000 people sing it every week nothing is done. It's time for the authorities to act."