British Soccer Fan Arrested Over Epithet 'Yid'

English Football Association warned Tottenham Hotspur fans several weeks ago that fans could face charges for using the word.

A fan of the British soccer club Tottenham Hotspur was arrested on Sunday for chanting “yid” during a home match.

The arrest comes less than a month after the English Football Association announced in a statement that fans could face criminal charges for using "yid," calling the term “inappropriate in a football setting.” Police apparently talked to fans about using the term as they entered the stadium on Sunday.

Defying the threat of arrest for using the term, supporters of the team reportedly chanted “Yid Army” and “We’ll sing what we want” during a Premier League match against their London rivals, West Ham United.

Tottenham has many Jewish supporters, who sometimes call themselves the “Yid army.” However, the term is often used derogatorily by fans of rival teams.
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Scotland Yard Chief Superintendent Mick Johnson, who was match commander for Sunday’s game, told the British daily The Guardian that “racism and offensive language have no place in football or indeed in society. Those supporters who engage in such behavior should be under no illusion that they may be committing an offense and may be liable to a warning or be arrested.”

AP