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Tottenham Hotspur Supporters Trust claims it is 'unfairly targeted' by police over 'Yid' chants
Spurs fans have said they are being “unfairly targeted” after police warned supporters caught using the word ‘Yid’ during tomorrow’s Spurs - West Ham match could be arrested.
The Metropolitan Police Service issued the warning to supporters ahead of the London derby, claiming the word is derogatory to Jewish people.
But Tottenham Hotspur Supporters Trust (THST) has issued a statement defending the use of the word.
The statement reads: “For years, Board Members of THST have stood with our fans, home and away, as one. And that’s something we’ll continue to do, as we cannot stand idly by while our loyal supporters are unfairly targeted.
“It is THST’s sincere belief that no Spurs fan uses the term ‘Yid’ in an offensive or insulting way yet, sadly, the distinction between the use of the term as a badge of honour and a call to arms by Tottenham Hotspur supporters and the anti-Semitic abuse levelled at our fans by supporters of opposing teams appears to have been dismissed by both the FA and the Metropolitan Police.
"THST believes there is no place for racism at White Hart Lane or, indeed, within football in general, but to label the songs our fans have been singing and the chants our fans have been chanting for decades as ‘racist’ overnight, with no legal precedent, is incomprehensible to us."
The trust has sought legal help and believes Metropolitan Police could be in breach of Human Rights as well as freedom of expression.
However, THST has warned its fans to be wary of the consequences of chanting and singing the word ‘Yid’ this weekend.
The trust will also have its own recommended solicitor, Bailey Nicholson Grayson, who will be on call during the game if anyone encounters “any problems” with police.
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