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'Yid Army' Chant: Spurs Fans Face Arrest
Spurs fans have been warned they face arrest if they persistently use "the Y word" while supporting their team.
The north London club has many Jewish supporters and chants of "Yid Army" and "Yiddos" are often heard at White Hart Lane.
But the Metropolitan Police has said the team's Premier League clash with West Ham on Sunday will see officers taking the matter more seriously.
Match Commander Chief Superintendent Mick Johnson told Sky News: "It does actually cause offence to some members of the Jewish community.
"We are going to go up to people first, engage firstly and try to explain to them what it means.
"Hopefully people will take that warning and desist from using the Y word.
"Anyone who continues to use it or fails to take on our advice may be subject to arrest."
A consultation has been taking place at the club but large groups still use the chants and recently chanted "we sing what we want" in response to the ongoing debate.
Chief Superintendent Johnson added: "It will take time but it is about making sure they understand the message but also understand the seriousness of the message."
Last month, the Prime Minister said fans should not be prosecuted if the chant was not motivated by hatred.
David Cameron said: "There's a difference between Spurs fans self-describing themselves as Yids and someone calling someone a Yid as an insult.
"You have to be motivated by hate. Hate speech should be prosecuted - but only when it's motivated by hate."
The Tottenham Hotspur Supporters Trust said it was aware of the police statement and was trying to clarify the position with club officials.