Britain / 17-07-2012
London - A 'scum Yid'. That's the alleged derogatory remark at the centre of football's latest off-field scandal.
Arsenal midfielder Emmanuel Frimpong apparently tweeted a message saying: “if you going church today Pray For me Giving today A Miss”.
However, he received a reply from fan of Arsenal’s most-hated rivals, Tottenham, which read: “I prayed you break your arms and legs”,
Frimpong is said to have replied: “@Scum Yid”.
The tweet was removed shortly after, but Frimpong later retweeted a Tottenham supporter’s post that read: “You can’t go around wanting players to break limbs, no matter who you play for. embarrassed to be a yid right now!”.
Supporters of Spurs have adopted the term "Yid", often using the word as a badge of honour and identify themselves as the "Yid Army".
However, the term has been considered derogatory and potentially racist by Jewish people.
Debate surrounds whether or not Judaism is a race or religion.
In fact, it is the only major religion that wrestles with queries of ethnicity and peoplehood.