Tottenham fans chant Y-word during Wolves' game despite the club's pleading with fans not to do so

Spurs conducted a review of the use of the Y-word and held focus groups with some of the clubs' fan bases, which concluded in summer 2020. We know how these members of our fanbase feel, and we also believe it's time to stop associating that term with our club

GB About: Tottenham Publish: 02/13/2022 Edit: 02/13/2022 Author: Gardener

TottenhamTottenham fans chant Y-word during the Wolves game, although the club urged fans not to support Spurs, held a review of Y-word use and held focus groups with some of the club's fan base, which over the summer 2020 ended; "We know how these members of our fan base are feeling and we also believe it is time to stop associating that term with our club," reports Sky Sports' Mark McAdam, although at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium 'Y-word' is sung Club requests to stop using the anti-Semitic term Tottenham fans have defied a request from the club by continuing to chant the Y-word. The chant was repeatedly voiced during Spurs' 2-0 home defeat to Wolves in the Premier League on Sunday. Tottenham released a statement on Thursday about their fans' use of the Y-word, saying "it's time to move on" to stop associating the term with the club. But less than three minutes after meeting Wolves, fans could be heard chanting the Y-word. Sky Sports' Mark McAdam, who was at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, reported afterwards: "Things weren't going too well for Tottenham on the field and there will be a lot of high-level profile around this football club off the field, which will again be highlighted by the actions of some fans be disappointed.” We saw the club's statement released on Thursday in relation to a consultation period that had started with their fans back in 2019. "That focused on all aspects of the club, but one in particular was the use of the Y-word during matchday." a Jewish man. "But within three minutes of today's game against Wolves, I heard a chant using the Y-word. Two minutes later there was another chant using the Y-word at the stadium today - and a large part of them - that despite what the club said they want to continue using the Y-word. "Tottenham want to eradicate it from matchday and I think there will be a lot of very disappointed people here. But as we know, racism, discrimination and anti-Semitism is a protracted struggle that will take time to eradicate. Sky Sports' Lewis Jones, who was also present at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, added: "Despite requests from the club for Spurs fans to stop chanting the 'Y-word', the home fans have not responded." On at least seven occasions during the first half - whenever there was something to shout about - the word was chanted in some form, with most of the noise coming from the South Stand where Tottenham were attacking that half. Spurs conducted a review of the use of the Y -Word and held focus groups with some of the club's fan bases, which concluded in summer 2020. * Members of their fan base are uncomfortable with the continued use of the Y-word at matches * Supporters who have been willing to defend their position, why they use the term, have been open about restricting its use if it makes other fans offensive * supporters, especially those of a younger generation, are si I am often unaware of the meaning of the term and its historical context when singing. * That now, more than ever, is the time to reevaluate and reconsider its ongoing use. Spurs said in the statement: "We know how these members of our fanbase feel and we also believe it's time to stop associating that term with our club." our followers from the late 1970s was a positive response to the lack of action taken by others regarding this issue. An increasing number of our fans are now wanting positive change again by reducing their consumption, which we will applaud and support." Ivor Baddiel, who co-directed a documentary with brother David called 'The Y Word' for the Kick It Out campaign in 2011, Sky Sports News said the use of the Y-word had caused confusion among Tottenham's fanbase as fans could face police action if they used it outside of a match day.He said: "It's a complex issue, but up front is the terrible confusion caused by the use of the word. You could be arrested for saying it in the street, and then run 100m, use it at the stadium and not be arrested. "The worst case there is horrible chants from other clubs which are absolutely abominable but I would argue that the confusion is so great that even if people have a so I sing that song, don't realize they're insulting Jews, they think they've only got one try at Tottenham.” Tottenham's statement is very welcome and I applaud it. I think it's about Tottenham fans and other fans taking into account what they said, thinking about it and making that decision for themselves. His brother David went further in an interview with Sky News in February 2020 when he questioned Tottenham's right to reclaim the word, saying the link between the club and the Jewish community was "mainly mythical". He said: "The vast majority of the club's supporters, including those who identify themselves as Y-words, are not Jews and therefore have no right to 'reclaim'." Efforts have been made in recent years to try To persuade Tottenham fans to stop using the term as it is said to fuel anti-Semitism in football. In 2013, the Football Association even warned fans that using the word could be prosecuted. Jewish groups have branded the word antisemitic, regardless of context 2021 saw a record number of antisemitic incidents ranging from abuse to GBH to death threats.

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