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Faulty generator caused Spurs blackout

The Turkish energy minister Taner Yildiz has stepped in to explain why the lights went out twice during Tottenham's Europa League game with Besiktas.

Yildiz blamed the stadium authorities for the power failure at the Ataturk ground for 'not making the proper checks' after there was a fault found in the stadium's generator.

Fans lit up the ground with their mobile phones delivering a quite spectacular light show. Credit: ITV4

The players were plunged into darkness once in the first half, causing a delay of 16 minutes, and again during stoppage time.

The lights went out again during stoppage time. Credit: ITV4

“We monitored the situation from our end and double checked the electric flow to the stadium but there was no problem," said Yildiz.

“This was caused by the stadium authorities not making the proper checks to their equipment."

Spurs lost the game 1-0 but still progressed to the next stage of Europa League.

You can watch highlights of the game here.


Spurs striker Adebayor returns home

Spurs have allowed striker Emmanuel Adebayor to return to Togo for personal reasons, the Premier League club have confirmed.

It is yet unknown when the former Arsenal man, who has struggled for form this season, will return to England.

Emmanuel Adebayor will head home. Credit: PA

UEFA open disciplinary proceedings against Spurs

Three men invaded the pitch during the match. Credit: PA

UEFA has opened disciplinary proceedings against Tottenham following the pitch invasions during last night's Europa League match against Partizan Belgrade at White Hart Lane, the governing body has announced.

The White Hart Lane clash, which Spurs won 1-0, was temporarily suspended late in the first half following three separate pitch invasions.

The match was halted in the 41st minute after a third individual managed to slip on to the White Hart Lane pitch in what appeared to be an orchestrated PR stunt.

UEFA said in a statement its control, ethics and disciplinary body would hear the charge on December 11.

Spurs pitch invaders threaten to repeat prank

A second pitch invader is grabbed by security during the UEFA Europa League match last night. Credit: PA

The internet pranksters that halted the Tottenham v Partizan Belgrade Europa League match last night seem to have threatened to repeat the stunt at other football grounds in London.

Three men invaded the pitch at seperate times wearing t-shirts bearing the name of headphone manufacturer BassBuds, who produce licensed Spurs merchandise.

The company has released a statement condemning the invasions, but Tottenham have removed all mentions of the brand from club channels and related stock from their shops while they investigate.

The stunt appears to have been pre-arranged with all three men appearing in a video posted on a Twitter account with the handle @TrollstationYT, where they talk about invading the pitch on Thursday night.

The account then posted "The question is Emirates stadium or Stamford Bridge?", suggesting there could be more pranks planned at Arsenal's and Chelsea's stadiums.

Another message from the Twitter account on Friday morning added: “FREE @GomesAHTV @NathanAHTV @BMWjarvo” in reference to the trio that invaded the Spurs game.


Watch: Referee halts Spurs match after pitch invasions

Spurs and Partizan Belgrade players were forced off the field by referee Yevgen Aranovsky after three first-half pitch invasions at White Hart Lane.

Clive Tyldesley commentated on the surprise withdrawal during ITV4's live coverage of the Europa League game:

Pitch invaders escorted off the field in halted Spurs game

The Europa League game between Spurs and Partizan Belgrade was invaded on three separate occasions before the referee called a temporary halt to the match.

Ukrainian referee Yevgen Aranovsky called the players off the field after the three solitary invasions. Credit: Nick Potts/PA Wire
White Hart Lane security had been forced onto the field to halt the invaders who were mocking the crowd as well as taunting the players. Credit: Nick Potts/PA Wire
The game was halted for several minutes on the eve of half-time, before the referee resumed the rest of the half's play. Credit: Nick Potts/PA Wire

Spurs players face-off with selfie-taking pitch invaders

A pair of pitch invaders came face-to-face with players during Tottenham's Europa League game against Partizan Belgrade.

One man attempted to take a selfie with an annoyed-looking Kyle Naughton, while another had his shirt pulled by fellow Spurs star Roberto Soldado.

A pitch invader attempts to take a selfie with Tottenham Hotspur's Kyle Naughton
Tottenham Hotspur's Roberto Soldado attempts to apprehend a pitch invader during the first half Credit: PA
Tottenham Hotspur's Roberto Soldado succeeds in pulling off the man's top Credit: PA
A third pitch invader is apprehended by officials Credit: PA

The game at White Hart Lane has now resumed.

Spurs' Europa League match halted by pitch invaders

Tottenham's Europa League game against Partizan Belgrade has been temporarily halted by the referee after three fans invaded the pitch at White Hart Lane to attempt to take selfies with the players.

Spurs striker Roberto Soldado attempted to grab one of the pitch invaders. Credit: Nick Potts/PA Wire
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