Tottenham Fans Seek Legal Advice Over Right To Use 'Y Word' Following FA Warning
EPL Tottenham Hotspur supporters have told the FA that "they plan to stand against the authority's ban against them using the term 'Yid,' which has been deemed derogatory, and are seeking legal advice," according to the London TELEGRAPH. Previously the Metropolitan Police "has advised Tottenham that chants like 'Yid Army' will not lead to prosecution, due to the fact that there was no 'deliberate intention to cause offence,'" though the FA have now decided to intervene. A statement from the Tottenham Hotspur Supporters' Trust read, "Whilst we fully recognise that Spurs fans' use of the 'Y word' and associated identity may have caused some upset to members of the Jewish community, we sincerely believe that no Spurs fan uses the term in a malicious way" (TELEGRAPH, 9/12). Spurs Manager Andre Villas Boas said, "The club have issued a statement that is strong and that shows our intent regarding the use of the word. Our fans don’t use it in a negative way. It is something they shout with proudness" (London EVENING STANDARD, 9/12).