Metropolitan Police have warned fans that the use of the ‘Yid’ word at football matches may result in arrest, beginning with the West Ham match at White Hart Lane this weekend.
In a statement, the force said: “Some words – like the ‘Y’ word – which historically have been perceived by some as acceptable, cause harassment, alarm or distress to others, and people who use this language could be committing a criminal offence.”
Chief Superintendent Mick Johnson, the match commander on Sunday, added: “This topic has been debated at length but our position is clear, racism and offensive language have no place in football or indeed in society.
“Those supporters who engage in such behaviour should be under no illusion that they may be committing an offence and may be liable to a warning or be arrested.”
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