Spurs fans defy 'Yid' chant ban in defeat of Norwich
Tottenham Hotspur supporters are on a collision course with the Football Association after defying a warning not to chant ‘Yid’ during Saturday’s 2-0 victory over Norwich City at White Hart Lane.
Sections of the stadium took little more than three minutes to sing “Yid Army” and “We’re Tottenham Hotspur, we’ll sing what we want”. They also chanted “Yiddo” when star debutant Christian Eriksen was substituted during the second half. The singing came on Yom Kippur, the holiest day of the Jewish calendar.
The FA issued guidelines for supporters’ behaviour last week in which it said the use of the word was “derogatory and offensive” and could amount to a criminal offence, even if it was being sung by supporters of Tottenham, who traditionally drew a large following from the Jewish community.
An FA spokesman on Saturday night confirmed its position, saying last week’s statement simply reiterated FA policy. It has been suggested that supporters could face prosecution for chanting “Yid”.
The FA’s position has drawn an angry response from the Tottenham Hotspur Supporters’ Trust, which represents more than 5,000 fans and is regularly consulted by the club on a range of supporter-related issues.
A Trust statement, issued in response to the FA’s warning, read: “THSF is categorically against ejections and banning orders for use of the term by Tottenham supporters in a match environment.
“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 among the Spurs community that it was time to move on.
"This issue has always been of the utmost importance to us and while we 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 no Spurs fan uses the term in a malicious way.”
The Trust says it will seek advice from the Football Supporters’ Federation and the legal profession over its next move. The FA took no action against West Ham United last season following anti-semitic chanting from some of the West Ham supporters at White Hart Lane.