Sunday 19 November 2017

Cameron in race row over chants

David Cameron: backed Spurs fans
David Cameron: backed Spurs fans

John Hall

DAVID Cameron has waded into a race row by saying it is acceptable for fans of Tottenham Hotspur to use the word 'Yid' in their chants.

The British prime minister insisted that Spurs supporters should not be prosecuted for using the word, as they are not "motivated by hate" when referring to themselves as the 'Yid Army' and 'Yiddos'.

Jewish groups insist that the term is always offensive.

The Football Association has described the word as "derogatory" and warned that any fan chanting it could face criminal charges.

However, speaking to the 'Jewish Chronicle', Mr Cameron said: "There's a difference between Spurs fans self-describing themselves as Yids and someone calling someone a Yid as an insult.

"You have to be motivated by hate. Hate speech should be prosecuted – but only when it's motivated by hate."

In its guidance issued last week, the FA said: "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."

Tottenham supporters reacted defiantly to the FA's statement on Saturday, chanting "Yid Army" and "We'll sing what we want" throughout their 2-0 win over Norwich. (© Independent News Service)

Irish Independent

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