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The word “Yid” is no longer allowed in English Football, users could face criminal charges

Sep 12, 2013, 10:40 AM EDT

Spurs fans

The word “Yid” is no longer kosher in English football.

The Football Association has issued a moratorium on the word, claiming that any fan caught chanting “Yid” could face criminal charges.

In a statement the FA said the term is “derogatory and offensive,” and that fans should refrain from using it on the terraces.

“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. The FA would encourage fans to avoid using it in any situation. Use of the term in a public setting could amount to a criminal offense, and leave those fans liable to prosecution and potentially a lengthy Football Banning Order.”

The ruling will have a particular effect on Tottenham, a club with noted links to the Jewish community that has long been the subject of anti-semitic abuse. In response to derogatory chants and hissing noises mimicking Holocaust gas chambers from opposing fans, Spurs supporters branded themselves “Yid Army” and often describe themselves as “Yids” as a badge of strength.

For Spurs fans, the use of the term is not intended to cause offense. But after Tottenham supporters were subjected to shocking anti-semitic attacks in Rome and Lyon during last year’s Europa League run, opinion was divided as to whether or not use of the word was counter-productive.

source:  A Tottenham statement read: “We are acutely aware of the sensitivity of this issue. Our fans historically adopted the chant as a defense mechanism in order to own the term and thereby deflect anti-semitic abuse. They do not use the term with any deliberate intent to cause offense.

“Last season saw a number of incidents where fans were targeted by allegedly far-right activists on the Continent and subjected to anti-semitic abuse by opposition fans. Subsequently, the debate on this issue has two key considerations.

“Firstly, whether or not its use now plays a role in deflecting or attracting unjustified abuse, abuse that is inexcusable on any grounds; and secondly, whether it is liable to cause offense to others even if unintentionally. Our fans have themselves engaged in this debate following the events of last season.

“We recognize that this is a complex debate and that, in the interests of encouraging a positive and safe environment for all supporters, consideration should be given to the appropriateness and suitability of its continued use. We are already in the process of engaging with our fans and shall be consulting more widely in due course.”

Expect the FA to enforce the ban with non-Spurs supporters. Whether the directive will be heeded by Spurs fans – and whether police will enforce it against them – remains to be seen.

Past campaigns seeking to oust the term – one by Jewish Chelsea fan David Baddiel to end using the word in 2011 and one by Society of Black Lawyers chairman Peter Herbert urging police to prosecute fans bearing “Yid Army” banners in 2012 – failed to convince Spurs fans to cease using the word.

  1. Anoesis - Sep 12, 2013 at 12:00 PM

    I agree with the attempts to purge the game of hateful bile. However, assuming Yid is short for Yiddish, is that word banned as well? Banning a reference to a language because some fans are mouth-breathing shitheads seems to play right into their troglodyte personas. Sheesh, a lot of people in this world are still ignorant assholes. Shame on me for thinking that will ever change.

  2. hildezero - Sep 12, 2013 at 1:36 PM

    I’m guessing some Arsenal fans are the ones to blame for this banned of use.

    • notaretard - Sep 12, 2013 at 2:55 PM

      yes, because no other fans would ever say that. west ham, chelsea, pretty much any other team with a strong fanbase and a history of hooliganism is just as likely

  3. etchedchaos - Sep 12, 2013 at 6:29 PM

    Like the last two times someone has tried to tell us we’re not allowed to use the term Yid, all it’ll do is make us sing it louder. As for the FA and the criminal charges, good luck with that, the police have already stated that there’s no intent to offend when we use it so they cannot prosecute us for hate crimes.

  4. hildezero - Sep 12, 2013 at 6:33 PM


    You are such a retard. You’re so ignorant. You think you know everything, huh? XD

  5. wfjackson3 - Sep 12, 2013 at 7:26 PM

    You guys are getting better at mastering the linkbait style title. Of course it is a stretch to go from “The FA would encourage fans to avoid using it in any situation” to “The word “Yid” is no longer allowed in English Football” but that’s ok. It’s not like you guys have built your reputation on informing and educating the soccer consuming public or anything.

    • Anoesis - Sep 13, 2013 at 2:10 PM

      Perhaps you should then go find a better site instead of whining about something no one is forcing you to look at. And don’t give up your day job, a headline writer you are not.

      • wfjackson3 - Sep 13, 2013 at 9:04 PM

        Thanks for that completely unqualified advice.

  6. ryanw822 - Sep 12, 2013 at 8:09 PM

    nice police state the UK has going over there.

    • reformed2012 - Sep 12, 2013 at 9:23 PM

      Same with USA sharing intelligence of ordinary Americans with Israel. The Zionist Jew World Order have infiltrated all WASP countries like UK, USA, Australia, Canada etc..

      • Anoesis - Sep 13, 2013 at 2:08 PM

        Sieg Heil! Seriously, blow it out your racist ass.

  7. reidldavis - Sep 13, 2013 at 3:15 PM

    “We sing what we want / we sing what we want / we’re Tottenham Hotspur / We sing what we want”



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