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Spurs fans ignore warning over 'offensive chants'

The police had previously warned that fans could be arrested  (©GettyImages)
The police had previously warned that fans could be arrested (©GettyImages).

A very bad day for Spurs fans, and a mixed day for some West Ham United fans. Although why? The Hammers managed a 3-0 win against their London rivals.

What happened at the game I hear you ask?

Repeated warnings came throughout the week from the Football Association, West Ham Supporter's Trust, Tottenham Hotspur Supporter's Trust and the Met Police all about using the word 'yid'.

'Yid' is a very controversial word, with the word being slang for a Jewish individual. It is usually used as a derogatory term towards people of that religion.

Clarke Carlisle, chairman of the Footballers Association previously said that any fan that used the word should be banned, however Prime Minister David Cameron disagreed with his idea, saying fans should not be prosecuted unless they use the word insultingly.

The Tottenham Supporter's Trust said on Friday that they believed that no Spurs fan "uses the term 'yid' in an offensive or insulting way". West Ham Supporter's Trust also warned their fans on using the word.

Officers were seen at the game speaking with fans before they entered the stadium, warning them about using the language.

But all warnings were ignored by the Spurs supporters, with many chanting "We'll sing what we want" and "Yid Army" during the match.

The Met Police had previously warned fans about using the term, saying that arrests would follow if anyone was caught. One fan was arrested at half-time.

Tottenham have a strong Jewish following, with many opposition fans targeting them for abuse, however they also face abuse from some of their own fans who use the term in an act of defiance.

West Ham won the game 3-0 thanks to goals from Winston Reid, Ricardo Vaz Te and Ravel Morrison.

Their fans appeared to behave well, and their were no reports of chanting from the away crowd.

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