Villas-Boas thanks David Cameron for support

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Tottenham manager Andre Villas-Boas says he agrees with David Cameron's take on the use of the word 'yid' and has thanked him for his support.

The issue has been the topic of intense debate recently, particularly with the FA's warning to fans that they could face prosecution for using the word inside football grounds.

However, Prime Minister David Cameron disagreed with the FA's stance, and the Spurs manager believes the PM's words will be warmly received amongst the club's supporters.

Speaking ahead of Spurs' Europa League clash with Norwegian side Tromso on Thursday night, he said: "I think it was what the Spurs fans want to hear. It was clear.

"I've given my opinion. Hopefully it does not become something that is controlled because our fans sing it with pride.

"Maybe I don't have enough knowledge of the word. But my opinion is as long as it means no offence then supporters should be able to use it with the pride and passion they do."

Villas-Boas' view isn't supported by everyone though, and players' leader Clarke Carlisle believes the supporters should refrain from using the word.

He said: "Do they have a right to appropriate that term when it would be indescribably offensive to anyone else?

"It is not for them to appropriate a derogatory offensive term that was used to belittle a whole section of society in a terrible era."

He added: "I don't feel it is right. Spurs fans may not intend for it to be offensive but it will be perceived to be offensive by a section of the community and the law state's that's not allowed - it's not even my personal opinion, that's what the law states."

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