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FA to investigate 'anti-semitic' chants during Spurs Europa League game against Lazio

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23 Nov 2012 11:17:15

FA to investigate 'anti-semitic' chants during Spurs Europa League game against Lazio

The Football Association will pass on its own report on the alleged anti-Semitic chanting during Thursday night's Europa League game between Lazio and Tottenham to UEFA.

Shortly after revealing a 'Free Palestine' banner, a section of the home support began singing "Juden Tottenham" to the fans of the London club, who have a historical Jewish connection.

UEFA would not comment on the matter, saying it would only be able to look in to the issue if it was mentioned in the match delegate's report, which is due to arrive with European football's governing body on Friday.

The incidents at the match followed an attack on Spurs supporters in the early hours of Thursday morning in a bar in Rome. Eleven people were injured in the attack, and one of them was recovering from being stabbed in the head and leg.

An FA spokesperson said: "We were saddened and alarmed to see reports of violent incidents prior to the game as well as anti-Semitic chants. The FA had a crowd control advisor present at the fixture who will provide an urgent report which we will pass on to UEFA as a matter of priority."

UEFA fined Lazio £32,500 for their fans monkey chanting at three Spurs players during the reverse fixture in September, and Tottenham boss Andre Villas-Boas hopes the organisation move swiftly to establish the facts.

"It will take another investigation,'' the Tottenham manager said.

"It happened last time and it was acted upon quickly by UEFA. We will have to wait and see if there is anything to act upon. If there is UEFA have to act."

The Italian giants were denied victory thanks to a top-class performance from Hugo Lloris.

The goalless draw means Tottenham now only have to draw their final Europa League group game against Panathinaikos next month to progress to the knockout stages.


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