Tottenham Fans' Group Plan to Challenge FA 'Yid' Stance

Alex LivieFeatured ColumnistSeptember 12, 2013

ROME, ITALY - NOVEMBER 22:   Tottenham fans start to take their seats before the UEFA Europa League Group J match between S.S. Lazio and Tottenham Hotspur FC at Stadio Olimpico on November 22, 2012 in Rome, Italy.  (Photo by Giuseppe Bellini/Getty Images)
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Tottenham Hotspur Supporters’ Trust have signalled their intention to challenge the Football Association’s move to ban the use of the the word "Yid” at Spurs games.

The FA released a statement on its official website on Wednesday, with the governing body stressing that it considered the use of the word "offensive" and "inappropriate in a football setting."

The FA's stance has met with a mixed response on Twitter. One user, cowaneventco, wrote:

Chanting "yid army" is now an arrestable offence....good luck with that....coys!

— Mark cowan (@cowaneventco) September 12, 2013

Some opposing fans have used the word in a derogatory manner, but, conversely, sections of Tottenham supporters refer to themselves as the “Yid Army.”

The FA’s statement made it clear that any future “use of the term in a public setting could amount to a criminal offence, and leave those fans liable to prosecution and potentially a lengthy Football Banning Order.”

THST has responded to the FA with a statement of their own and stressed they will seek legal advice with regard to fans being ejected from grounds for using the word.

THST is categorically against ejections and banning orders for the use of the term by Tottenham Hotspur supporters in a match environment and will be seeking advice from both the FSF and the legal profession as to whether there is scope for such measures under current legislation.

Our view has always been that should Spurs fans use of the ‘Yid’ identity come to an end, this should be as a result of the feeling amongst the Spurs community that it was time to naturally move on.

Tottenham have not made any comment on the subject.

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