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Police crack down on racist football chants

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Three Tottenham fans have been charged with racial aggravation in connection with chanting the word "yid" at two football matches, according to the Daily Mail.

The word, meaning Jew, was allegedly used at matches against FC Sheriff and West Ham United and all three men are due before a magistrates court on February 4.

Yid was a word that was used by Tottenham's opposing fans in the past due to Tottenham being a Jewish club with a large Jewish following.

Tottenham fans started to enhance the word as a nickname so it could be used as more of a defence against racism.

Recently police have issued warnings and arrests over the use of the word and Tottenham Hotspur have issued several warnings on their website, asking fans not to use this word because it could be seen as derogatory language.

Many Spurs fans have argued that it is directed at no-one and is not offending anyone and therefore it is not racist or derogatory.

The word has been the focus of many Tottenham chants including a song full of praise about Jermain Defoe.

Since the fight against the word being used by the police many Spurs fans have rebelled and started singing, 'We sing what we want, we're Tottenham Hotspur, we sing what we want,' followed by the word Yid over and over.

The Tottenham Hotspur Supporters Trust (THST) has come out with a statement signifying that they will support the Tottenham fans and there is no intent or desire to offend any member of the Jewish community.

The big question is, should the Y-word be accepted in White Hart Lane and other footballing grounds.

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