Fan bailed over 'Y-word' chant

A Tottenham supporter arrested during Sunday's 3-0 defeat to West Ham for using the Y-word has been released on bail until November.

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Police position 'absolutely wrong' over use of Y-word

Tottenham supporters could do more to educate the wider community over their use of the Y-word. Darren Alexander, of the Tottenham Supporters' Trust, wants the club and fans to explain to the Jewish community why they use the chant but feels the approach taken by the Met Police is the wrong one:

The whole police position on this issue is absolutely wrong.

It is different when Spurs fans use the term to when fans from other clubs use it.

We would do everything in our power to meet the test of transitioning our fans to a new identity or away from the present one.

– Darren Alexander, Tottenham Supporters' Trust

Arrest came as man 'shouted in officer's face'

Speaking to the Evening Standard, Chief Superintendent Mick Johnson, who was the match commander, said: "Picking them out is one of the difficulties we face in terms of taking this forward. The chap who was arrested shouted in an officer's face, so it was fairly easy.

"Another man stood on his own and started singing the 'Y' word, so he was approached and warned and took on board what the officer said. The plan was quite straightforward."

Kyle Naughton (right) and West Ham United's Ravel Morrison (left) seen during the game on Sunday Credit: Press Association


West Ham headlines about football 'not events in stands'

West Ham's co-chairman David Sullivan issued a statement this afternoon praising the behaviour of fans:

While Sam Allardyce's tactics and the players will rightly be praised for an absolutely outstanding 3-0 win at our local rivals, our fans made sure that today's headlines were all about football rather than events in the stands.

On Sunday morning, I wrote an open letter to supporters attending the game to remind them they would be acting as ambassadors for our club. As expected, they did not let us down.

Tottenham supporter bailed over 'Y-word' chant

A Tottenham supporter arrested during Sunday's 3-0 defeat to West Ham for using the Y-word has been released on bail until November.

Winston Reid scores the opening goal of the game against Tottenham Hotspur on Sunday Credit: Press Association

Both sets of fans had been warned by police that they could face arrest if they were heard chanting the word. Despite the warning, home fans still used it. A 51-year-old man was arrested at half-time in White Hart Lane's East Stand.

Spurs fans defy police over use of Y-word chants

Tottenham Hotspur fans have defied police warnings not to use the Y-word in chants.

The Metropolitan Police said they would be "on the look out" for football supporters who used the word during today's home game against West Ham at White Hart Lane.

The Spurs supporters chanted "We'll sing what we want" and "Yid Army" at this afternoon's match.

The Met said that as of 5pm, no arrests had yet been made. Officers had been speaking about the issue with fans on their way into the stadium.


  1. Luke Hanrahan: ITV London reporter

Fans 'must be aware' of what they choose to chant

I'm at West Ham United to talk to Sam Allardyce about the Met Police announcement that those caught using the Y-word at Spurs on Sunday could face arrest.

West Ham United Manager Sam Allardyce Credit: Press Association

Sam Allardyce says: "You've got to be very aware about what you choose to chant and what you choose to sing. If they're made aware of it, you've got no excuse. It's something that our society is hugely involved in. Support the team, support the lads on the field, and forget about everything else.

"It is very important that those who use the word suffer the consequences."

Police warn use of Y-word may result in arrest

The Met Police has warned fans heading to this weekend's Premier League clash between Spurs and West Ham they may face arrest if they chant the Y-word.

The Met says it wants "no misunderstanding about what constitutes racist language or behaviour" Credit: Press Association

Chief Superintendent Mick Johnson said:

"This topic has been debated but our position is clear, racism and offensive language have no place in football or indeed in society. Those supporters who engage in such behaviour should be under no illusion that they may be committing an offence and may be liable to a warning or be arrested."

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