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AVB sides with the Prime Minister

AVB doesn't think fans should be banned from saying "Yid"

By | 18th September 2013
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Tottenham manager Andre Villas-Boas has sided with Prime Minister David Cameron, supporting fans’ rights to include the word “Yid” in their chants. The word has come under fire this week after the Football Association warned fans that they can be prosecuted for chanting the song during matches. The controversial declaration has caused uproar among Spurs supporters, who for many years have identified themselves as the “Yid Army” to pay homage to their Jewish roots.

The Football Association has voiced their belief that the term is derogatory, prompting David Cameron to point out that supporters do not include it to be derogatory towards Jewish people. Now, manager Andre Villas-Boas has supported that view, insisting that the White Hart Lane faithful sings it with pride.

“I’ve given my opinion. Hopefully it does not become something that is controlled because our fans sing it with pride,” Villas-Boas said, according to the Daily Mail.

“Maybe I don’t have enough knowledge of the word. But my opinion is as long as it means no offence then supporters should be able to use it with the pride and passion they do.”

Regardless of their chants, Spurs supporters are undoubtedly excited about the new squad that Villas-Boas has assembled. New signings Erik Lamela and Christian Eriksen will likely continue their integration into the new squad tomorrow as Spurs take on Tromso in their first Europa League group stage match. Tottenham and Tromso are joined by Russian side Anzhi and Moldovan club Sheriff Tiraspol in their group.

Tottenham then take on Cardiff City on Sunday before their Capital One Cup match against Aston Villa on Tuesday, giving them a very hectic week of fixtures.

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