An ultra-orthodox Jew having “Yiddo” chanted at them does not, at first glance, seem like a strong argument from for the continued use of the term at White Hart Lane.
Especially not when that case is delivered by a Spurs fan to David Baddiel, the man who has done his utmost to remove the perceived offensive term from the football landscape.
But when the argument is put forth in a logical and eloquent letter from another Jewish fan, and one who is a season ticket holder at the Lane, then people have to sit up and take notice.
Coming after a weekend in which a Spurs fan (who feasibly may have been Jewish) was arrested for using the term, the letter and its accompanying argument are a much-needed fillip to the counter-campaign being run by some Spurs fans, who are trying to stop Baddiel’s efforts.
While the letter sympathises with the essence of Baddiel’s feelings, it states that "this isn’t a Tottenham problem", but a Chelsea, Leeds United and West Ham one. The letter actually goes as far as saying that Baddiel’s campaign is “borderline anti-Semitic”, suggesting that it is tantamount to "hiding away" the victims and thereby comparing it to the enforced segregation of the Jewish community in Germany before the Second World War.
The author of the letter, Nick Cowan, posits that the word actually bring communities - Jewish and non-Jewish - together in a corner of north London and asks Baddiel not to, ahem, "f**k that up".
What do you think? Read the full letter below and post a comment in the comments section.