Tarred By A Minority: On West Ham United At White Hart Lane Yesterday


Ian began writing Twohundredpercent in May 2006. He lives in Brighton. He has also written for, amongst others, Pitch Invasion, FC Business Magazine, The Score, When Saturday Comes, Stand Against Modern Football and The Football Supporter. Ian was the first winner of the Socrates Award For Not Being Dead Yet at the 2010 NOPA awards for football bloggers.

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6 Responses

  1. Ash says:

    Please, please get rid of the shading on the font, its ok on a headline but not on the body text. no wonder people have been complaining about migranes.

  2. KennyM says:

    Good article but reports from independent journos all confirm that it was not “a minority” of supporters in this case and trying to put a good light on it by suggesting it was a “minority” is wrong. It was a majority……..and as a club you should take responsibility for these scum and take some action, but I wont hold my breath…..:(

  3. emlyn says:

    It was the minority. Don’t believe all you read. Did Tottenham wish aids on sol? Do Manu sing about hillsborough? Don’t single west ham out, all clubs sing appaling stuff. It wasn’t hissing either

  4. maliniok says:

    Using the word “Yid” in relation to Spurs, whether it’s by other fans attempting to wind them up or by Spurs fans as a badge of honour, has been part of football culture for a long time in this country and has no anti-semitism in it. Anyone who wants to ‘ban’ it doesn’t understand football and should f**k off to get popcorn, some soda and watch some American sport where emotions don’t play a huge part.

  5. Matt says:

    I agree with Maliniok.

    It is distasteful, and I think it is wrong personally, but the cleansing of football fans is going too far. It is an unsavoury moment in football but these moments have occurred for a long, long time.

    Fan culture should be protected and it’s being eroded faster than ever. It is amazing how many journalists both praised Galatasaray’s fan culture, criticised our fan culture as sanitary, then stir this melting pot of moral outrage.

    There’s only so much more of this proper football supporters will take before they just walk away altogether.

  6. Arlu says:

    Oh dear, so apparently I don’t understand football at all because the use of this word offends me.

    Whilst I’m all for retaining “fan culture”, whatever you want to define that as, those who claim that the use of “yid” has no anti-semitism in it have no concept of the origins of the word.

    It was, and is, a highly defamatory term of abuse and as a Jew, it offends me enormously. Spurs fans who pretend their use of it is a “badge of honour” is no different to white hip-hop fans using “nigga” as a term of endearment. It makes them look like complete dolts. Unless of course you are under the impression that ALL Spurs fans are Jewish and therefore it must be ok?

    Seeking to justify it on the basis that it “has been part of football culture for a long time in this country” (for what? ooh, at least 30 odd years…what a ancient and venerable “tradition”!) is just laughable. Sorry, but crap doesn’t become good crap just because it’s been sitting around for a while.

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