VIDEO: Should Tottenham Hotspur fans stop using the Y word?

Spurs statement: “The club does not tolerate any form of racist or abusive chanting. Our guiding principle in respect of the “Y-word” is based on the point of law itself – the distinguishing factor is the intent with which it is used ie if it is used with the deliberate intention to cause offence. 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 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.”

3 Comments on "VIDEO: Should Tottenham Hotspur fans stop using the Y word?"

  1. I am a lifelong Spurs fan who happens to be Jewish. I have only once encountered anti-Semitism from one person at spurs at that was many years ago.

    I do not find the use of Yid Army offensive. Indeed, I find it highly amusing and somewhat protective, particularly when supporters of other teams do make racist chants.

    The term Yid is not offensive in itself.

    I do question whether the Association of Black Lawyers is in it self inherently a racist concept. Can you imagine the response if there were an association of white lawyers ?

  2. With respect, Scott, you are a Man U supporter, and you asking this question seems to me inappropriate unless you are prepared to go back into OUR history and attempt to articulate it fairly. We have our own places to have this discussion, just as you are free to talk amongst yourself about abuse of the memory of Munich by other tasteless fans, and Liverpool supporters are free to talk amongst themselves about Hillsborough. I support your feelings about Munich, Liverpool’s about Hillsborough; I expect no less than your respect about OUR feelings about this issue, but, since you’re asking, the answer is NO, and we are NOT racists but believers in a game free of racism.

  3. I want to come back to say something more on this – something I remembered today, thinking about all this mess.

    Many years ago a Jewish friend explained to me why we should chant Yids in the following way, by reference to the film Spartacus, in which Christian slaves, when asked to identify Spartacus by the Romans, collectively named THEMSELVES as Spartacus. This is what WE do ….. confronted by racist bigots, from the most part at the time from Chelsea, but also from Arsenal and West Ham, who would chant ‘Yids’ at us, and make hissing noises of the gas chambers. Over time they extended this also to singing songs about sending US to Auschwitz. It caused great heart-searching at Spurs until the solution was found – to ALL become Spartacus and all collectively own our destiny as Yids, and be PROUD of it. So some publicity-seeking lawyer and some dim Chelsea-supporting Jewish comedian (I don’t find him funny) will have no effect upon us ….. these people should instead, as our club says, direct their energies towards eliminating the real racists. If they come for us, like Hitler came for the Jews, we will be ready. If they arrest someone at the Lane, they will find more of us queuing up to be arrested until, in the end they arrest the entire club; see if THAT works. Hope they try it!! COYS!!!

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