Spurs boss backs PM over chant

Andre Villas-Boas has backed David Cameron after the Prime Minister said fans who chant 'Yid' should not be prosecuted. The Spurs boss said: "I think it was what the Spurs fans want to hear."

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Baddiel: 'PM does not understand context of 'Yid' term'

David Baddiel has told ITV News that David Cameron has not understood the wider context of the word "Yid".

Mr Cameron told the Jewish Chronicle that Spurs fans who use the term should not be prosecuted. But many find the term anti-Semitic and offensive.

The comedian told UK Editor Lucy Manning that the Prime Minister would not let another racist term "pass his lips":

Watch Lucy Manning's report on ITV News at 6.30pm


David Baddiel: 'Yid' really is a race-hate word

Comedian David Baddiel is a Jewish Chelsea fan and has argued that Tottenham supporters should not describe themselves as 'Yids'.

Writing in the Guardian David Baddiel spoke out against David Cameron's comments:

"Yid is a race-hate word... The only possible reason why a culture that has tried to dismiss other race-hate words to the margins of language would consider it acceptable is if the racism of which it is a part is somehow less offensive, somehow less significant, than other racisms.

"Which must be, I guess, what a lot of people consciously or unconsciously think - if it had been the N-word or the P-word, it wouldn't have got past David Cameron's lips."

David Baddiel Credit: Press Association

Self-referring different to term 'motivated by hatred'

We would discourage anyone from using the term 'Yid' given the historical associations of the term and the offence it could cause.

The Prime Minister was asked about criminal prosecution and specifically whether people who refer to themselves in this way should be prosecuted.

Self-referring is clearly different to people using it as a term of abuse motivated by hatred.

– Downing Street statement

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'Criminal charges' threat over Spurs chanting

  • The Football Association warned supporters that use of such words could result in either a banning order or even criminal charges
  • Tottenham Hotspur responded by announcing they would send a questionnaire to all season ticket holders asking if the practice should stop
  • Fans reacted defiantly to the FA's statement on Saturday as they chanted the word, and "We'll sing what we want" throughout the 2-0 win over Norwich

Cameron: Fans who chant 'Yid' should not be prosecuted

David Cameron says Tottenham Hotspur fans who use the word "Yid" in chants should not face prosecution.

The FA warned supporters that use of such words could result in either a banning order Credit: Press Association

Speaking to the Jewish Chronicle the Prime Minister said: "There's a difference between Spurs fans self-describing themselves as Yids and someone calling someone a Yid as an insult.

"You have to be motivated by hate. Hate speech should be prosecuted - but only when it's motivated by hate."


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