Teams' Jewish 'Identity' Cause Concern

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It's a scene that's repeated itself year after year at two of Europe's most popular clubs. Supporters of the Dutch club Ajax call themselves the "SuperJews" and wave flags with the Star of David. Their counterparts at Tottenham Hotspur in North London adopt the moniker "Yiddos" and chant "Yid Army!" during games.


Yet the vast majority of them aren't Jewish. And neither are the clubs in any formal way.


Just why this happens is a source of some debate. Both clubs have a Jewish connection, but it's a rather tenuous one. Tottenham's stadium, White Hart Lane, is located in a neighborhood that was once predominantly Jewish, but is now decidedly multiethnic. And the club itself was founded by Anglican Sunday-school students.

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