Tottenham Hotspur supporters group call for an end to poverty chants against Liverpool at Anfield

Tottenham Hotspur fans celebrated an opening goal from Son Heung-min but instead spent a lot of time singing about poverty. (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)

The Tottenham Hotspur Supporters’ Trust have condemned the behavior of the club’s own fans and called for an end to the poverty chants that were sung again against Liverpool on Saturday night at Anfield.

Antonio Conte’s side played a 1-1 draw with Jurgen Klopp’s men which has dashed the Reds’ hopes of taking Manchester City top of the Premier League table but a number of fans away gave a significant amount of time to sign about the poverty in the city of Liverpool, rather than their own team.

With 12 years of Conservative Party rule in the UK resulting in increased use of food banks across the country, sharply increased child poverty and a cost of living crisis that has decimated the finances of millions, terraced behavior has left the poor mocked has come under heavy criticism in recent months.

Liverpool has long been a target for poverty-based taunts from rival football fans, with songs dating back to the 1980s, when former Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher’s government planned an “orderly demise” of the city to bankrupt it and its residents financially his political opposition to Conservative ideology.

Now the Spurs ‘Supporters’ Trust is calling for an end to chants, including “Sign On”, a riff on Liverpool anthem “You’ll Never Walk Alone” which attempts to mock Liverpool’s unemployment rates.

“Singing about the opposition has long been a feature of English football and we hesitate to tell fans how to support the team,” read a statement released by the group. “Nevertheless, we were disappointed when we heard the ‘sign on’ chant during Saturday’s away game at Anfield

“Poverty and unemployment are not fair game for jokes. There is a livelihood crisis across England, including London. Our club represents an area and community with the fastest growing unemployment rate in the country.’

“We are rightly proud of our away support and want it to be noticed for positive reasons. For most of the game at Anfield, our fans did a great job of supporting a great team effort. Spurs fans have supported Marine FC on Merseyside financially and regularly donate to charities and community causes in London. That’s what we’re about.

“The ‘login’ chant isn’t what we’re about. We are Tottenham Hotspur. We’re better than that.’

Earlier this month, Liverpool released a statement acknowledging a “disgusting” increase in songs by opposition fans mocking the deceased of the Hillsborough disaster after Manchester United roared offensive chants at fans during their humiliating 4-0 loss to the Reds had.

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