Villas-Boas wants UEFA action over songs directed at Tottenham by Lazio fans
Andre Villas-Boas has called on UEFA to investigate the songs directed at Tottenham Hotspur by Lazio supporters during the two sides’ Europa League meeting on Thursday evening, the BBC has reported.
The BBC adds that some of the songs appeared to be anti-Semitic in nature as Lazio’s right-wing fans targeted Spurs for their reputation as a club with a large Jewish fan base. Lazio were fined £32,500 after the first meeting this season between the sides at White Hart Lane for the actions of their supporters, who racially abused a number of Tottenham players.
There was violence in Rome the evening before the match as a number of Tottenham fans were attacked by a group of local men, with one visiting Spurs fan stabbed and seriously injured. The BBC notes that 40 men wearing masks and helmets attacked a group of English-speakers in a Rome bar.
Villas-Boas thanked the travelling Tottenham fans for their support under difficult circumstances, as well as urging UEFA to act upon the incidents. He said: “It will take another investigation. It happened last time and it was acted upon quickly by UEFA.
“It is an extremely difficult moment for them. We have to be aware there is a police investigation and I'm not in control of all facts.
“But there is massive disappointment, and the fear they've gone through is hard. [We] give them a message of support. As a club, we will try to help them overcome this.”
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