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FA Chairman condemns racist chants

David Bernstein says racist chanting is "unacceptable" Credit: Andrew Matthews/PA Wire

Football Association chairman David Bernstein has condemned the monkey-chanting aimed at Tottenham's players in their defeat against Inter Milan last night.

Striker Emmanuel Adebayor was subjected to the racist chanting on several occasions during his team's 4-1 defeat to Inter, while one home fan was also seen waving an inflatable banana.

Despite repeated attempts by UEFA and FIFA to stamp out racism in football, the problem keeps rearing its head and Bernstein admits the regularity of such abuse is worrying for the game.

"I condemn the racist abuse that Tottenham Hotspur players suffered at last night's Europa League fixture in Milan," Bernstein said in a statement on the FA's website.

"It is unacceptable and concerning that clubs in Europe have had to endure recurrences of abuse this season.

"I am sure UEFA will take appropriate action but it also reminds us of the need to work collectively across national and international football authorities to deal with this serious issue, as we are also doing in this country.

"This is a matter I will take up as a priority with the new FIFA anti-racism and discrimination task force when I meet its head Jeffrey Webb in the near future."