Spurs warned over match day chants using the 'Y-word'

Spurs warned over match day chants using the 'Y-word'

Spurs fans have referred to themselves as the 'Yid Army' for decades after suffering anti-semitic abuse. (pictures action images).

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First published in News Enfield Independent: Photograph of the Author by , Senior Reporter

An anti-racism group has urged Tottenham Hotspur to take action over fans using the word ‘Yid’ in matchday chants or face police action.

The Society of Black Lawyers, which has released ten-point plan to get racism out of football, has called on Spurs to clamp down on fans chanting ‘Yid Army’ at matches.

The group says the chant is anti-semitic and has called for Spurs to take swift action or the group will make an official complaint to police against the club.

Chairman of the group Peter Herbert says if Tottenham or the F.A are not willing to take a stand the Society of Black Lawyers will report it to police for investigation and possibly prosecution.

A spokesman for Spurs said: “The club does not tolerate any form of racist or abusive chanting.”

He added in regards to the use of the word “Yid” the club's principle is based on the point of law, which states the distinguishing factor is the intent with which it is used, i.e. if it is used with intent to cause deliberate offence.

He said: “This has been the basis of prosecutions of fans of other teams to date.

“Our fans adopted the chant as a defence mechanism in order to own the term and thereby deflect anti-semitic abuse.

“They do not use the term to others to cause any offence, they use it a chant amongst themselves.”

The Society of Black Lawyers also says the hissing of away fans at matches, in reference to gas chambers during the Holocaust, is also unacceptable.

The Spurs spokesman said: “The club believes that real anti-semitic abuse such as hissing to simulate the noise of gas chambers is the real evil and the real offence.

“We believe this is the area that requires a determined and concerted effort from all parties and where we seek greater support to eradicate."

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