Should Spurs fans say the word ‘Yid’?
LOTS of people say words that make others feel uncomfortable. Look at 99% of every hip hop record made in the last 30 years. People also feel funny when they hear the word ‘vagina’, which is pretty weird.
In football, Tottenham fans have reclaimed the word ‘Yid’ – an antisemetic term that was once the mainstay of rival teams, looking to put the wind up the North London club. Spurs fans now refer to themselves as the Yid Army and sing a number of songs using the Y-bomb.
And this has the club perplexed, and they have announced that they will consult fans on whether they want to stop chanting ‘yid’ at matches, after the Football Association said those using the term could be prosecuted.
The FA have said use of the word was “offensive” and its use was “inappropriate in a football setting”. Presumably, ‘the referee’s a wanker’ is also inappropriate.
They warned that Spurs fans, who refer to themselves as the ‘Yid Army’, could face criminal charges if they use the term.
Of course, this didn’t stop the faithful at White Hart Lane from singing the chant during their 2-0 victory over Norwich City on Saturday.
Now, the Tottenham Hotspur Supporters’ Trust has announced that the club will be sending out a questionnaire to see what fans think about the whole thing.
Only last week, fans defended that use of the term and, in the statement, the board of the supporters trust said no offence was meant to members of the Jewish community. This weekend, fans went on to sing “Yid Army” and “We’re Tottenham Hotspur, we’ll sing what we want”, so it doesn’t look like a questionnaire is going to stop that.
What do you think? Should fans be told what they can and can’t sing? Should Spurs be discouraged?