Yet more context

 

The CPS today have concluded that the word 'Yid' could not legally be counted as "threatening, abusive or insulting" in the circumstances it was used in by three Tottenham Hotspur supporters arrested and accused of a public order offence.

 

"As part of the review, the context of the use of the words alleged in this case was reconsidered, and we have decided that, although the same words used in other contexts could in theory satisfy the criteria for 'threatening, abusive or insulting', it is unlikely that a court would find they were in the context of the three particular cases in question.

We have therefore concluded that there is insufficient evidence for a realistic prospect of conviction. This decision has no bearing on any other cases that may be brought to our attention and all cases will be considered on their own facts and merits".

 

In other words, the police who are following agenda driven political orders, will continue to arrest anyone using the word at football matches but it will only get to court if the word(s) are used in an abusive manner. In other words; opposing supporters looking to incite rather than any given vocal Tottenham Hotspur supporter. Because at no given time in history would a Spurs fan use the word in a derogatory way. Yet all cameras and eyes to remain fixated on us?

Sorry, I can't help but remain cynical. I realise the CPS have to be retain a sense of balance - but outside or even at an unofficial capacity it's time we start to hear about arrests that matter and are processed through the system because its worth the time and money to kick out vile idiots from the stands.

Nobody wants to take responsibility and seek to concentrate on the real issues of anti-Semitism within football. I'm only concluding this because we only ever hear about Spurs fans being nicked. If people (in the media and football governing bodies) could be bothered to detach themselves from the hyperbole and just do the right then we wouldn't have our time wasted with all attention focused on us instead of those that are genuinely breaking the law.

We've all said it, time and time again. We've all banged on about context yet the preferred narrative wants to sit on the suggestion that the context doesn't matter. It does. Of course it does. A words meaning is giving substance with its context.

Hopefully now everyone will stop deflecting and blaming Tottenham supporters because it's the easy thing to do when sat on a news panel or attempting to promote a new book when not really caring or understanding enough about the subject.

 

 

EDIT: 6:30pm

http://www.tottenhamhotspur.com/news/y-word-update-march-7-070314/

 

The Club welcomes the recognition of the importance of context. We have always maintained that our fans do not use the Y-word with any intent to offend.

As with all cases where fans are arrested for football-related offences, we were obliged to issue bans and the Club can confirm that these supporters' bans have been rescinded with immediate effect and refunds will be made for matches missed on season tickets, as per Club policy.

In light of the CPS's decision we have asked the police for a clarification of the situation going forward and will update fans accordingly.

 

Excellent statement from Spurs.