Xj6 s3 throttle pedal play

Can someone explain how the return spring on the throttle pedal of a xj6 s3 1982 is set up. I have play in the throttle pedal when moving from no throttle. Having a look at the pedal the spring seems to be doing nothing.

Should the 2 tabs either side of the spring be bent outwards (see photo) ?
What holds the spring in position ?

Thanks for any help.

As much as I love the S3. Your in the wrong forum and will get more help in the correct section.

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Oops, thanks for letting me know.