Polish Soccer Fans Hawk Anti-Semitic Shirts
T-shirts featuring anti-Semitic slogans were discovered being sold outside a soccer stadium in the Polish city of Lodz.
The T-shirts were being sold outside the stadium of Widzew Lodz, which plays in Poland’s premier league, according to an April 12 article on the website of Polskie Radio.
The shirts featured slogans such as “This is Widzew territory, entry to Jews is forbidden” and “Curl hunters,” referring to Orthodox Jews’ payos.
A woman who works in the shop that sold the T-shirts told the Polish daily Gazeta Wyborcza that the shirts are popular. The shop is adjacent to the team’s official shop.
A third of Lodz’s population was Jewish before World War II.
The Polskie Radio article noted that Poland is co-hosting the Euro 2012 soccer tournament and that government regulations prohibit fans from bringing racist materials into stadium.