Lazio fined for racist chanting at Tottenham game

Lazio have been handed a fine of £32,500 for their fans’ behaviour during the Europa League draw with Tottenham Hotspur in September, the Guardian has reported.

Tottenham’s black players, including Jermain Defoe, Aaron Lennon and Andros Townsend, were targeted by travelling supporters with monkey chants. Lazio have three days to appeal from the date of the verdict, which was passed on Thursday evening.

The game ended in a 0-0 draw after Spurs saw three goals disallowed. Clint Dempsey was the first to be disappointed, his header ruled out by an offside flag, while Steve Caulker later had a header that beat the Lazio goalkeeper cancelled because of pushing in the penalty area, according to the referee. Defoe was the third player to be frustrated, again by the assistant’s flag. Lazio also hit the crossbar as both sides went close to a goal.

The Guardian adds that the decision by UEFA to fine Lazio comes at a time when cases of racist abuse are particularly in the spotlight. As well as the long-running John Terry saga, there were the ugly scenes after England U-21s defeated their Serbian counterparts, with Danny Rose, the Tottenham player on loan at Sunderland, a central figure.

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