Tottenham fans defy the club’s demands to stop using the Y-word in chants in the FIRST MINUTE of their Premier League game against Wolves – with supporters also shouting: ‘We’ll sing whatever we want’
- Tottenham fans were recording ‘Y**Army’ in the first minute of Wolves game
- It comes after the club asked fans to stop using the word in songs about the team
- But fans 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 game with Wolves on Sunday, despite the Club of the Week calling on fans to stop using the word.
Much of the crowd at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium could be heard chanting “What I love most is being Y**” ahead of the chants of “We’ll sing whatever 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 over 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 with supporters, the time had now come to stop using the word.
The club said on their website: “We live in a time of heightened awareness of cultural appropriation and sensitivities. It is therefore crucial for the values of our club and our supporters that we are even more attentive to the controversial nature of this mandate.
“We have always recognized that this is a complex issue and that the appropriateness of its use must be regularly assessed.
“Towards the end of 2019, we began the first stage of consultation with fans and received more than 23,000 responses, with 94% acknowledging that the word Y can be considered a racist term against a Jewish person.
“The use of the Y-word by our supporters was initially seen as a positive step to deflect the anti-Semitic abuse they suffered at matches over 40 years ago from opposition supporters, who n have not been punished for their actions.
“The term continues to be used to this day by some of our supporters. We have always maintained that our fans have never used it with a deliberate attempt to offend.
“Indeed, among the reasons why some fans choose to continue chanting the term now is to show unity and support for the team, as well as others, as a defense mechanism against anti-Semitic abuses that still exist and also as a means of identifying as a Spurs fan.
“Outside of a football setting, however, an overwhelming majority of our fans recognized in the first stage of our last consultation that the Y-word can be considered a racist term against a Jewish person and that they do not would therefore not use in such cases”. a context.
Tottenham said stopping chanting the word would create a more inclusive atmosphere
“As a club, we always strive to create a welcoming environment that embraces all of our supporters so that each of our supporters can feel included in the matchday experience.”
“It is clear that the use of this term does not always make this possible, regardless of context and intent, and that there is a growing desire and recognition on the part of proponents that the Y-word should be used less or cease to be used altogether.
“We recognize how these members of our fanbase feel and we also believe it’s time to stop associating that term with our club.”