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Port Vale and FA launch Tom Pope anti-Semitism probe

PORT Vale’s Tom Pope has apologised for a controversial tweet from the weekend, insisting he was ‘unaware’ it could be perceived as anti-Semitic.

Asked to ‘predict the WWIII result’ after scoring in the 4-1 FA Cup loss to Manchester City, Pope’s reply — later deleted — read: ‘We invade Iran then Cuba then North Korea then the Roth-childs [sic] are crowned champions of every bank on the planet.’

A statement from the striker stated he was ‘unaware of any link between the Rothschild family and the Jewish community’ and he ‘apologised enormously’ for causing offence.

Vale said the Football Association had asked for Pope’s observations and the club were also conducting an internal investigation.

Last summer, Pope tweeted he would score 40 goals a season if he faced City’s John Stones every week. After his effort on Saturday, he apologised but added ‘it’s more like 50’ while insisting it was ‘banter’.