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Tottenham defy FA warning with 'yid' chants

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Tottenham fans have defied a Football Association warning about their use of the word 'yid' after sections of the crowd used it during the 2-0 home win over Norwich City on Saturday.

In fact, it took some supporters just three minutes to address the threat of prosecution for using the word by the country's football governing body, as they chanted: "We're Tottenham Hotspur, we'll sing what we want."

When new signing Christian Eriksen - lauded by many for his performance yesterday - was withdrawn from proceedings in the second half, Tottenham fans then proceeded to sing 'yiddo' as he left the pitch.

The indirect protest from the White Hart Lane faithful came on Yom Kippur, which is the holiest day on the Jewish calendar.

Earlier in the week, the FA had warned that any Spurs fan found using the word could be considered a criminal offence, as they deem the term "derogatory and offensive" even if it was being sung by home supporters. The area of Tottenham in North London has a high Jewish population, and it is something they have embraced dur

This was met by stern opposition by the Tottenham Hotspur Supporters' Trust who released the following statement in response to the FA's policy.

It 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.”

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