Ban on abusive chants by football fans
|The British football club Tottenham Hotspur has vowed to ban fans guilty of offensive or abusive chanting. The Scottish government is currently considering a law about it.
A football match between English Premier League and London arch-enemies Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur saw a minority of fans taunt Togolese striker Emmanuel Adebayor about the gun attack on his national football team before the Africa Cup of Nations in Angola in 2010.
In a rare moment of unity between the two sides a joint press release was issued which stated:
“[We] were extremely disappointed to hear the chants from supporters. Neither club tolerates foul language, racist chanting, homophobic chanting or any anti-social behaviour from its supporters. We shall be working closely with each other to identify the individuals involved.”
Tottenham Hotspur added they would ban fans who were involved.
The line between offensive and witty
Up to six years in prison
Disappointed, not surprised
“If I can survive the bullets in Angola then a few mindless insults will have little impact,” he was quoted as saying.
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