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Metropolitan Police Service warn against using 'Y-word' ahead of Spurs - West Ham derby
Fans who use the ‘Y’ word during the Spurs - West Ham match this weekend could be arrested.
The Metropolitan Police Service has issued the warning to supporters ahead of this Sunday’s London derby.
Officers say they will take action to stamp out use of word 'Yid' because it is derogatory to Jewish people.
According to police, although the term is historically perceived by some as acceptable, it can cause harassment, alarm or distress to others and people who use this language could be committing a criminal offence.
Chief Superintendent Mick Johnson, the match commander on Sunday, said: "This topic has been debated at length but our position is clear, racism and offensive language have no place in football or indeed in society.
“Those supporters who engage in such behaviour should be under no illusion that they may be committing an offence and may be liable to a warning or be arrested.
“The Met has a long history of working with football clubs and the football authorities, including the FA, to educate, encourage and empower supporters to stamp out racism in football.
“And to ensure that there is no misunderstanding about what constitutes racist language or behaviour.”
Last month the Football Association said use of the word was “offensive” and its use was “inappropriate in a football setting”.
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