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Mon Apr 21 06:33:52 SAST 2014

Lazio and Tottenham charged over Europa League match

Reuters | 08 January, 2013 08:210 Comments
S.S. Lazio v Tottenham Hotspur FC - UEFA Europa League
Lazio fans before the Europa League match between Lazio and Tottenham Hotspur at Stadio Olimpico on November 22, 2012 in Rome, Italy
Image by: Giuseppe Bellini / Getty Images

Lazio and Tottenham Hotspur will face a disciplinary hearing over behaviour by their fans during their Europa League match in Rome in November, UEFA said in a statement on Monday.

UEFA said the Italian hosts had been charged over racist chanting by their fans, missile-throwing and also because their team arrived late at the Stadio Olimpico. The Group J match ended 0-0.

“Charges relate to the alleged racist behaviour of Lazio supporters...Proceedings will also be instigated against Lazio for throwing of missiles and/or fireworks by their supporters, incidents of a non-sporting nature, late team arrival at the stadium, and late handling of the team sheet,” said UEFA.

“UEFA will also commence proceedings against Tottenham Hotspur FC, who face charges related to crowd disturbances.”

A group of Lazio supporters chanted “Juden Tottenham, Juden Tottenham” (”Jews Tottenham, Jews” in German) when the game got underway and unfurled a banner saying “Free Palestine”.

Tottenham have a large contingent of Jewish supporters while Lazio have long had fans with extreme right-wing sympathies.

There was also trouble on the eve of the match.

Ten Tottenham supporters were injured, one of them seriously, during an attack in Rome.

The 10, nine British and one American, were attacked outside a pub near the centre of the city by dozens of masked men.

UEFA fined Lazio 40 000 euros ($51 300) for racist chanting directed at black players in the previous match against Tottenham in London in September.

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