Only a fool, an idiot or an idiot would believe that the use of the Y-word does not make things worse
There are many rude and insulting words in the Oxford English Dictionary and it is irresistibly tempting to apply one or two to the linking of Tottenham Hotspur fans who, mystifying, claimed a false victory over the inclusion of the definition of ” Yiddo ‘next to them last week.
An idiot (n. A person with extremely low intelligence, a stupid person, a fool, a fool, a person with a weak intellect who was maintained as entertainment) or two were looking for triumph in the new list of the OED of ‘Yiddo’ with ‘a supporter’ of, or player for, Tottenham Hotspur Football Club ‘as if it somehow justified justified chanting that has been consistently condemned by Jewish bodies.
An idiot (n. A stupid or slow mind, a fool) or two decided that definitions in a dictionary – ‘Yid’ now also mentions Spurs – were a new excuse for an overwhelming non-Jewish group of supporters to keep singing words that share insult and upset the Jewish community in this country under the idea of reclaiming the words for that same community.
A misleading part of Tottenham fans has tried to reclaim the use of the “Y-word.”
A dipstick (n. A stupid or awkward person) or two celebrated as if the dictionary’s decision was a cheerful charter for them to ignore the litany of objections from the World Jewish Congress and the Community Security Trust, to name just two, against what they are doing.
To their credit, the club itself did not participate in the joy. They pointed out that they have never embraced the use of “Yid” or “Yiddo”, that they do not refer to the words on the club’s media channels or use the terms in their official merchandising. That will make little difference to fans, who will sing the words with renewed joy.
Spurs, who is still trying to deal with the aftermath of Dele Alli’s Snapchat video mocking an Asian man about the coronavirus epidemic, must be shocked by the abundance of attention the OED has drawn to a problem that is deeply uncomfortable is for Tottenham and that has left them uncomfortable in recent years while sitting on their hands and hoping it will go away. It is not going away.
I accept the OED’s logic for updating the definition of “Yid” and including “Yiddo” and the fact that the dictionary provides a historical overview of language use. But that does not alter the fact that there are dangers in what it has done, so that the racing problems that come to the fore in the English game can easily be ignited.
Spurs had just tackled the storm created by Dele Alli during his winter break
The most important of these dangers is this: some Spurs fans celebrate this because they think the OED definition somehow legitimizes their use of “Yid” or “Yiddo” by placing it purely in a football context. But if you use that logic, it also allows opposition fans to do the same and make them claim that there are no racial overtones for their abuse.
Many Spurs fans point out that, in their opinion, their use of the Y words is inclusive and benign and that it is fans of other teams who turn the words into poisoning and use it as an excuse to level out the worst types of racist abuse by supporters of Tottenham.
But if Spurs fans are serious about the idea that they call themselves ‘Yids’ and ‘Yiddos’ to reclaim the conditions of racists, then there are a number of questions they have to ask themselves, starting with the point comedian, David Baddiel, that was recently made.
“The vast majority of fans of the club, including those who identify themselves as Y-words, are not Jewish and therefore have no right to” reclaim, “said Baddiel. “What will help it strangely is the feeling that Tottenham fans, instead of Jews,” own “this race hate word for Jews, a word that blackshirts have painted on stores in the East End of London.”
Baddiel is routinely shouted down by some Spurs fans, who have become adept at telling Jews like him what they should and should not be offended with. Reactions like this have become more commonplace, since the kind of racist behavior that came to light in the BBC’s Shame in the Game documentary last week is engulfing English football.
There is also this: if Spurs fans are really trying to “reclaim” these words from racehate suppliers, the sad truth is that they don’t succeed. The sad truth is that the problem is only getting worse. They say they want to defuse the problem, but it is getting worse.
Comedian David Baddiel has often collided with Tottenham supporters about the use of the word
In the 1970s and 1980s, opposition fans sent dirty, disgusting songs to Spurs supporters who referred to concentration camps and the atrocities that took place there.
Because Spurs fans know better than anyone, many opponents still do that. They still hiss to mimic what they think is the sound of gas. Shame in the Game showed examples of Chelsea supporters who engage in that behavior. They are not alone and must be severely punished.
Unfortunately, it is also proof that recovery does not work. Advertising actually changes to standardization and the inclusion of OED last week has accelerated that. It has normalized Spurs fans – the vast majority are not Jewish – and is trying to reclaim invalid terms that are not theirs. And it has normalized the crooks and low life of other clubs using those terms to try to injure Spurs fans.
In the current toxic environment that permeates the English game, the abuse does not decrease. It is becoming more extreme. More fans use the Y words as hate terms for the profound discomfort of large parts of the Jewish community that have already been alarmed by new peaks of anti-Semitism.
Certainly, every fool (a person who behaves carelessly or unwisely; a foolish person) should be able to see that.
Saying goodbye to Ajax is a lesson for English fans
When a star player from one of England’s leading clubs leaves to play elsewhere, it is often the way he is called a traitor, a mercenary and a disgrace for the shirt and told that he will never be allowed to leave the stadium door again darken or else ‘I get what belongs to him.
When it was announced that Hakim Ziyech left Ajax for Chelsea, the club released tribute videos to him and the fans thanked him for what he had done for them.
A thought, but maybe we can learn something here.
Hakim Ziyech received a respectful “thank you” from Ajax for his summer move to Chelsea
City deserves a ban but the UEFA rules are skewed
If the Court of Arbitration for Sport rejects Manchester City’s appeal and considers that their two-year prohibition of the Champions League for committing ‘serious infringements’ of UEFA club licenses and the Financial Fair Play rules applies, it’s hard to claim that they do. don’t deserve their punishment.
If the charges are maintained, this means that City played according to one set of rules, while most of their competitors were at a disadvantage.
But there is also a more important issue to consider. Because the FFP rules warp. They are distorted so that they can rescue clubs like Manchester United and AC Milan from the self-inflicted mediocrity into which serial mismanagement has collapsed them.
Manchester City deserves their punishment, but is also the victim of an unfair set of rules
By linking expenses to income, they are distorted to prevent the upward mobility of clubs such as City and any club trying to make its way to the traditional elite.
City’s punishment on Friday is a classic example of how the elite ensure that their cozy club remains a closed store. The insulting part – the funny part – is the lie that FFP is designed to improve the overall financial health of European football. If UEFA wanted to do that – if they really cared for other clubs – they would introduce a salary limit and an income sharing system similar to that for American team sports.
But the top clubs are too greedy to entertain. So they won’t.
It is a whole lot easier to punish ambitious, well-run clubs such as Manchester City and pretend that it is for the well-being of everyone, while in fact it is just a trick to help the rich get richer.