Society of Black Lawyers to hold police talks ahead of complaint over Tottenham ‘Yid’ chants

The organisation’s chairman is prepared to press ahead with a complaint over Spurs fans own use of the word in matchday songs but will discuss the matter with authorities
The Society of Black Lawyers will hold talks with police before going ahead with a complaint against Tottenham fans chanting ‘Yid army’.

The organisation’s chairman, Peter Herbert hopes that after speaking to authorities they will contact Spurs and the Football Association, but has insisted that if the club are not taking those responsible to task, they will make an official complaint.

“We have been in touch with the Metropolitan Police and we will meet them as the next step,” Herbert told reporters.  

“Ideally, as a result of that they will speak to Tottenham and the Football Association about these anti-Semitic chants.

“We are prepared to make an official complaint if we feel action is not being taken.”

The White Hart Lane side have a historic Jewish connection and have defended their fans for using the word, believing that their fans use the word in their matchday chants to stop it being used as an insult by opposing fans.

However Herbert believes that even within context of the word used by supporters is still unacceptable.

“It does not make a difference if it is Tottenham fans doing the chants or away fans. There has to be zero tolerance and if that catches out Spurs then so be it,” he added.

When asked about the possibility of Jewish fans singing the chants, Herbet said: “That's not acceptable either.”