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Tottenham Hotspur Supporters Trust defend use of 'yid' to refer to fans
Spurs fans have said they never use the word ‘yid’ in a malicious way, despite its offensive connotations to Jewish people.
Tottenham Hotspur Supporters Trust (THST) issued a statement defending the use of the word after the Football Association (FA) said it was “inappropriate in a football setting”.
The FA warned that Spurs supports, who refer to themselves the ‘Yid Army’, could face criminal charges if they use the term.
In the statement, the board of the supporters trust said fans mean no offence to members of the Jewish community when they use the term.
The trust said it is “categorically against ejections and banning orders for the use of the term by Tottenham Hotspur supporters in a match environment”.
It added that it will be “seeking advice from both the Football Supporters Federation and the legal profession as to whether there is scope for such measures under current legislation”.
According the THST should Spurs fans use of the ‘Yid’ to identify themselves come to an end this should be as a result of the feeling amongst fans that it is time to move on.
The trust said in 2006 it asked the FA to create a programme to educate fans of opposing teams about the word and its origins to stop them from using it to offend people.
However no such programme was developed in spite of offers of assistance.
Yesterday, a Tottenham Hotspur spokesman said historically fans use the word as a defence mechanism in order to own the term and thereby deflect anti-Semitic abuse.
He stressed that they do not use the term with any deliberate intent to cause offence.
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