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Racism in football once again rears its ugly head


IT HAS been alleged that a number of Tottenham Hotspur players were subjected to racial abuse by Lazio fans during last night’s (September 20) 0-0 draw in the Europa League.

Monkey chants were allegedly heard coming from roughly 100 of the opposing fans inside White Hart Lane during the second-half.

The alleged chants were said to be directed towards Jermain Defoe, Aaron Lennon and Andros Townsend.

Tottenham manager Andre Villas-Boas stated that he did not hear anything, but hoped UEFA would act swiftly if the chants did take occur.

He said after the match: “I was focused on the game and I haven’t heard anything from the players.

“UEFA is very active in these situations. Our objective is to kick racism out of football but I can’t point the finger tonight because I didn’t hear it. It’s up to the authorities to follow up any investigation.”

UEFA said they were waiting for a match report before possibly beginning any disciplinary proceedings.

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