Tottenham fans defy club requests to stop using the Y-word in chants in the FIRST MINUTE of their Premier League match against Wolves – with supporters also shouting ‘We’ll sing what we want’
- Tottenham fans were charting ‘Y** Army’ in the first minute of the Wolves match
- It comes after the club asked fans to stop using the word in songs about the team
- But supporters were in a defiant mood for Sunday’s Premier League encounter
Tottenham fans could be heard chanting the Y-word in the first minute of their Premier League match with Wolves on Sunday, despite the club in the week calling for fans to stop using the word.
A large section of the crowd at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium could be heard chanting ‘Thing I love most is being Y**’ before chants of ‘We’ll sing what we want’. There were also chants of ‘Y** Army’.
Tottenham supporters adopted the term in the 1970s in response to repeated taunts from rival fan groups about the club’s Jewish fanbase.
Earlier this week, Tottenham asked fans to stop using the Y-word in chants for the team
But fans were heard defying the request in the first minute of the game with Wolves on Sunday
But earlier this week, Tottenham released a lengthy statement on their website explaining that after consulting supporters, the time was now to not use the word again.
The club said on their website: ‘We are living in times of heightened awareness of cultural appropriation and sensitivities. It is therefore crucial to the values of our club and our fans that we are even more mindful of the controversial nature of this term.
‘We have always recognized that this is a complex issue and the appropriateness of its use should regularly be assessed.
‘Towards the end of 2019 we commenced the first stage of the consultation with fans and received more than 23,000 responses, with 94 per cent acknowledging the Y-word can be considered a racist term against a Jewish person.
‘Our supporters’ use of the Y-word was initially taken as a positive step to deflect antisemitic abuse that they were subjected to at matches more than 40 years ago from opposition fans, who faced no sanctions for their actions.
‘The term continues to be used up to the present day by some of our supporters. We have always maintained that our fans have never used it with any deliberate attempt to offend.
‘Indeed, among the reasons some fans choose to continue to chant the term now is to show unity and support for the team, as well as each other, as a defense mechanism against antisemitic abuse that still exists and also as a way to identify as to Spurs fan.
‘Outside of a football setting, however, an overwhelming majority of our fans acknowledged in the first stage of our latest consultation that the Y-word can be considered as a racist term against a Jewish person and that they would therefore not use it in such to context.
Tottenham said that stopping singing the word would create a more inclusive atmosphere
‘As a club, we always strive to create a welcoming environment that embraces all our fans so that every one of our supporters can feel included in the matchday experience.
‘It is clear the use of this term does not always make this possible, regardless of context and intention, and that there is a growing desire and acknowledgment from supporters that the Y-word should be used less or stop being used altogether.
‘We recognize how these members of our fanbase feel and we also believe it is time to move on from associating this term with our club.’
George is Digismak’s reported cum editor with 13 years of experience in Journalism