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Use of 'y' word at tomorrows Spurs v Chelsea match will not be tolerated
Football fans chanting the word ‘Yid’ at tomorrow’s Spurs v Chelsea match will not be tolerated.
Chelsea Football Club has issued a statement ahead of tomorrows derby at White Hart Lane warning fans against using the controversial word.
Spurs fans regularly refer to themselves as the Yid Army, but the Football Association believe it is offensive and encourages anti-Semitism and are seeking to ban it at matches.
But Tottenham supporters - many of whom are Jewish themselves - argue it has been used by fans to turn a negative into a positive.
A statement on Chelsea Football Club’s website said: “Tomorrow’s game promises to be a passionate and exciting encounter.
“Your support is an inspiration to the players but, for a small minority of fans, matches with Spurs have also brought deeply unpleasant and unwanted anti-Semitic behaviour, which has no place in football or anywhere in society.
“Tottenham supporters using the 'Y' word as a form of identity is not an excuse for abusive chanting.
“All forms of discriminatory behaviour and language are abhorrent and this includes the 'Y' word.”
People who want to anonymously report abusive or offensive behaviour can text 07537 404821, or phone Kick It Out on 0800 1699 414.
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