A Liverpool fan has been branded a “bigot” after he tweeted a photograph of two Muslim fans praying at Anfield, calling the act a “disgrace”.
Stephen Dodd posted the photo on March 9, a day after Liverpool 0-0 draw with Blackburn Rovers, with the caption “Muslims praying at half time at the match yesterday #DISGRACE”.
The tweet was instantly met with disdain and criticism by many Liverpool fans who pointed to the fact that he supports a club that has two Muslim players within its squad – Emre Can and Kolo Toure.
Harryfre wrote: “How is that disgraceful in the slightest?”
RollsonShabbos accused Dodd of being a “raging bigot”, while another man asked: “Is this a joke? What did these guys do to harm anyone?”
Referring to the religious beliefs of prominent Liverpool players, Marwan Elsaifi added: “Do you want to see Can and Kolo stop praying at beginning of each game too?”
Dodd remained unapologetic tweeting that, “The world’s gone mad” adding, “Been going the match for 30 years and I’m being told I’m a disgrace to the club by people from Bristol.”
— marz (@marz05) March 9, 2015
Been going the match for 30 years and I’m being told I’m a disgrace to the club by people from Bristol — stephen dodd (@stedoddnew) March 9, 2015
The incident occurred a month after a group of Chelsea fans were filmed shoving a black man off a Paris metro.
The video shows the man make multiple attempts to board a train at Richelieu-Drouot station, only to be pushed away each time by a group of passengers.
The group, who appear to be Chelsea supporters, can then be heard chanting: “We’re racist, we’re racist and that’s the way we like it.”