Prime minister David Cameron has entered the row regarding Tottenham fans using the word "Yid".
Cameron has defended Tottenham supporters right to chant the word and expressed his belief that Spurs fans who use the term should not face prosecution.
For many years the North London team, that has a strong Jewish following, have been on the receiving end of anti Semitic abuse from rival fans.
In an act of defiance some Tottenham fans started using the word "Yid" themselves, and chants of "Yids", "Yid Army" and "Yiddos" are regularly sung in the home stands at White Hart Lane.
Cameron told The Jewish Chronicle: "There's a difference between Spurs fans self-describing themselves as Yids and someone calling someone a Yid as an insult.
The Prime minister then went on to say: "You have to be motivated by hate. Hate speech should be prosecuted - but only when it's motivated by hate."
The Football Association issued a statement warning all supporters including Spurs fans that use of such words could result in either a banning order or even criminal charges.
However Tottenham fans made their feelings clear to the FA during Saturday’s win over Norwich – with chants of ‘Yid Army’ and ‘We’ll sing what we want’ ringing round the stadium throughout the course of the match.
Spurs have responded to the FA warning by announcing they will send a questionnaire to all season ticket holders asking if they believe the word should be banned from the stands.
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