Tottenham Hotspur FC has condemned George Galloway for “blatant anti-Semitism” after he said their defeat in the Champions League final meant “no Israeli flags on the Cup”.
After the north London side lost to Liverpool on Saturday, the Talk Radio host and former MP tweeted congratulations to the winning side and honoured the memory of those killed in the Hillsborough disaster.
But he ended the tweet with a comment about Israeli flags, prompting a damning response from Tottenham.
Historically, many Tottenham supporters have come from the UK’s Jewish community and a number of chairmen have also been Jewish.
In a statement to Sky News, a spokesperson for Tottenham said: “It’s astounding in this day and age to read such blatant anti-Semitism published on a social platform by someone who is still afforded air time on a radio station on which he has previously broken broadcast impartiality rules.”
Galloway, former MP for Bradford, is well-known for his anti-Israeli stance as well as his support for conspiracy theories.
Shortly before the offending tweet, Galloway posted another statement which appears to suggest Israel is conducting a campaign against him.
Galloway, former MP for Bradford, hosts shows on Russian state-backed channels such as RT and Sputnik.
A recent ruling from Ofcom found one of his broadcasts breached UK rules in a segment about the poisoning of Sergei Skripal.
In 2014 it was revealed Galloway, while still serving as an MP, had earned £65,000 in just six months from his appearances on Kremlin-backed RT and from LBP TV, a channel run out of the offices of Press TV, an Iranian channel which is now banned by Ofcom.
He has been outspoken in his belief that accusations of anti-Semitism in the Labour party is a “black op” fuelled by “Goebbellian propaganda” to “slander” Jeremy Corbyn.