The FA have announced that Spurs fans must stop chanting 'Yid Army' at their games.
In a message to it's website, the FA said: "The FA would encourage fans to avoid using it in any situation." Any offenders are liable to prosecution and a long term ban from attending games.
The move comes as a surprise to most as in November of last year, the police said that it wouldn't move to prosecute anyone found singing the phrase at Spurs games last.
Yet today the FA have moved to ban the phrase stating that: "The FA is aware that there are sections of fans at certain clubs who describe themselves using the term, or variants of the term, ‘Yid’. Those fans claim that use of the term is a ‘badge of honour’ and is not intended to be offensive."
"Nevertheless, its use is still liable to cause offence to others, whether Jewish or not."
"As such, The FA considers that the use of the term ‘Yid’ is likely to be considered offensive by the reasonable observer and considers the term to be inappropriate in a football setting." They added.
Whether the FA or police will act upon chants is yet to be seen but with the potential for thousands to be chanting it this weekend when Tottenham host Norwich City, it will be interesting to see what happens.
Jewish comedian David Baddiel started a campaign to try and raise awareness about the offensiveness of the word in an attempt to discourage fans using it. He released a film highlighting it's use, which featured Premier League stars such as Ledley King and Frank Lampard.
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