Anorak | Every True Football Fan Should Stand With Spurs’ Yid Army: Sing What We Want To

Every True Football Fan Should Stand With Spurs’ Yid Army: Sing What We Want To

by | 21st, January 2014



GARY Whybrow, 31, of west London, Sam Parsons, 24, of Amersham, and Peter Ditchman, 52, of Bishop’s Stortford, have been arrested and charged with using threatening, abusive or insulting words at football matches. Well, not so much words as a word. That word is “yid”.

The BBC explains it’s meaning to those of you interested in language:

The word, meaning Jew, was allegedly used at Tottenham Hotspur matches against FC Sheriff and West Ham United.

Yid does mean Jew. It can also mean Les Ferdinand, who is not a Jew but who has played for Spurs. To many Spurs fans, Glenn Hoddle is also a Yid, and he’s a  born against Christian, one hailed by Arsenal fans and look out for evidence of homophobic abuse, readers as “The Queen of Golders Green”. Other notable people who have been regaled with the chant “Yiddo” are: Terry Venables, Michael Kritharis (Anorak’s man at the Lane who makes a terrific Greek coffee) Paulo Lopez (Spanish-speaking mod who went to my school), Garth Crooks, Schnorbitz  and Ossie Ardiles.

For using the term “Yid”, the Tottenham three are obliged to appear at Hendon Magistrates’ Court on 4 February.

Oh, and take care. So toxic is the word Yid that the BBC calls it “the Y-Word”. The BBC wonders:

The Y-word: Should Tottenham fans be allowed to use it?

Got that? The BBC wants to know if people should be allowed to call themselves names. It’s asking that question because some numbskulls think the answers should be “no” and the Beeb prefers genuine anti-Semitism to be more subtle .

The Tottenham Hotspur Supporters Trust (THST) is “saddened, but certainly not surprised, at today’s decision by the Crown Prosecution Service to deem the use of the Y-word in any context as a prosecutable offence. Since the first Spurs fan was arrested at White Hart Lane on 6 October, THST has worked closely with our legal team to establish a defence to these charges, which will now be tested in a court of

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