CST Statement on 'Y'-Word

17 Sep 2013 by CST

In response to a growing number of enquiries, from both the public and media, CST wishes to re-state and summarise its position concerning the use of the Y-word ("Yid") in football. (For previous CST comment on this issue, see here.)

CST and our partners at Maccabi GB have never stated that Spurs fans should be criminalised or given banning orders for using the Y-word. We have consistently said that Spurs fans’ use of the Y-word does not remotely compare with, nor in any way legitimise, the vile and unacceptable antisemitic abuse that is all too often heard from opposing fans.

Nevertheless, although the way that Spurs fans usually use the Y-word does not justify prosecution, it remains an offensive word that can upset many Jews both inside and outside the football context. Ultimately, ridding football of antisemitism needs to involve Spurs fans voluntarily dropping the Y-word from their songbook.


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