Tottenham charged by UEFA over pitch invasions

European football’s governing body UEFA has begun disciplinary proceedings against Tottenham after three men entered the playing area during Thursday’s Europa League match against Partizan Belgrade, the Daily Mail has reported.

The intrusions all came during the first half, with the third of them leading the referee to take the players off the pitch until order was restored. Each man that invaded the pitch wore the same attire, and it later emerged that the stunt was pre-arranged.

Tottenham – who won the game 1-0 thanks to Benjamin Stambouli’s first goal for the club early in the second half – are likely to receive a heavy fine from UEFA, whose other possible sanctions include points deductions or forcing the club to play at least one match behind closed doors.

The case between the North London club and UEFA will be heard on December 11. Meanwhile there will be no action taken against Spurs duo Mousa Dembele and Roberto Soldado, however, who both attempted to tackle the intruders.

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