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Y-word update

Posted by Tottenham Hotspur on 7 March 2014  - 18:10

The Crown Prosecution Service has today (Friday) decided to discontinue all proceedings against the three supporters arrested for using the Y-word at White Hart Lane.

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In a statement issued by the CPS they stated, "In considering whether a criminal offence could be proved we have to look objectively at the words used, and the context in which they were used. 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 that 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."

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offences, we were obliged to issue bans and the Club can confirm that these supporters' bans have been rescinded with immediate effect and refunds will be made for matches missed on season tickets, as per Club policy.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