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English Football Association issues 'yid' warning
Tottenham Hotspur fans have seen the term "Yid" used as a discriminatory term against them.
September 12th, 2013
04:08 PM ET

English Football Association issues 'yid' warning

(CNN) – English football fans have been warned they face criminal prosecution if they continue to chant a word which has been deemed anti-Semitic.

The English Football Association (FA) have told fans to stop using the word "Yid", a term which at different times throughout history has been used by Jews and also to abuse them.

Tottenham Hotspur, a north London-based club, are known for having a large number of Jewish supporters. A section of Spurs fans have attempting to reclaim the "Y word" by referring to themselves as the "Yid Army" and chanting it at matches.

But the FA has warned that such practices are no longer acceptable as it continues its fight against discrimination in the English game.

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    If the people of the world are becoming so sensitive to "offensive" words it certainly shows we are taking ourselves a little too seriously. While I can call you an underachieving, overpaid, cheating, stupid, overweight, or "whatever religion or nationality", you are, but not a "Yid" or other so-called made up derogatory name. This is friggin stupid. I have never heard a Jewish person complain of being called Yiddish or a "Jew".

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    Maybe Goy Army was taken?

    September 13, 2013 at 11:57 am |
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    How the heck did Jesus find guys named Peter, John, James, Matthew, Andrew, Philip, Thomas and Simon in the Middle East???

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      September 13, 2013 at 10:42 am |
    • Red

      When translated into English, those are the names. That's not how Jesus pronounced them.

      September 13, 2013 at 3:46 pm |
    • Meredith S.

      If you read the New Testament in Greek, it would be much different. These are the Anglicized (sp?) versions of their names.

      September 13, 2013 at 4:09 pm |
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    How thin skinned are people these days?

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    Well, they call us taffs and we wipe the field with them. So what?

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  9. Meatwad

    When I was a yid, I played with childish toys. But when I became a man, I put down what a yid plays with.

    September 12, 2013 at 5:46 pm |
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    September 12, 2013 at 5:42 pm |
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    And the solution???

    Grow up and relegate religions to the myth pile where they belong!!!

    September 12, 2013 at 4:59 pm |
    • I'm not a GOPer, nor do I play one on TV

      I suspect this word has more ethnic overtones than it does religious ones.

      People can be (and are) offensive over more than just religious issues.

      September 12, 2013 at 5:33 pm |
      • Lycidas

        Don't confuse #2 with facts.

        September 12, 2013 at 8:11 pm |
    • Reality # 2

      Followers of Judaism are unique in that they can be ethnic Jews, not all followers are. The Judaism is the part that needs to be put on the myth pile.

      September 12, 2013 at 11:30 pm |
      • Antigone

        Would the word be any less offensive to the Jews you personally approve of? Your contempt is noted, and dismissed as boring boorish behavior.

        September 12, 2013 at 11:36 pm |
        • Reality # 2

          Being of Jewish descent, I am not offended.

          September 13, 2013 at 7:04 am |
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