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UPDATE: WIAA's email on chants and sportsmanship sparks national debate

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What started as a proposal to improve fan conduct during high school athletics events has turned into a national debate over etiquette.

The Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Association office recently unveiled plans to curb certain phrases from athletic events, including common jabs like "You can't do that," "Fundamentals," "Air ball," "There's a net over there," and "Scoreboard."

In an email to state high school officials, WIAA Director of Communications Todd Clark said the organization wanted to address a "noticeable increase" in the amount of chants by student sections directed at opponents and/or opponent's supporters that are clearly intended to taunt or disrespect.

Clark went on to say while positive displays of support are welcomed, any action toward opposing teams or their spectators displaying unacceptable sportsmanship should be addressed.

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The fallout from the email led to the suspension of one Appleton area student, and was a topic of discussion Tuesday on the popular ESPN show "Around the Horn," and across social media.

The WIAA did offer some clarification on its Twitter page Wednesday, saying there are no new rules, enforcements, or mandates as a result of the WIAA email.

Clarification: In an earlier version of this story, we used the word ban in our headline and in the text of the story. There is no ban, nor are there any proposals to ban chants. 

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