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Spurs boss: 'Very easy to hear racist chanting'

Andre Villas-Boas seen on the touchline in Milan last night. Credit: PA

Andre Villas-Boas expects UEFA to take action against Inter Milan after their supporters appeared to racially abuse Tottenham players on Thursday night.

"It's a very sensitive situation," Spurs manager Villas-Boas said of the chanting. "UEFA set out to act on that situation.

"It was very, very easy to hear the chanting so I am sure that UEFA will act on it.

"It's difficult for Inter Milan because it is something that in some way has happened before.

"It doesn't mar the game but it is something that should have been avoided."

Reports of racist chants at Spurs Europa League clash

It has been reported that Tottenham players were tonight subjected to racist chants by Inter Milan supporters, who were also seen waving an inflatable banana.

Spurs lost 4-1 after extra-time on the night but progressed to the Europa League quarter-finals on away goals after the tie finished 4-4 on aggregate.

Tottenham Hotspur's Emmanuel Adebayor runs at the Inter Milan defence. Credit: Nick Potts/PA Wire/Press Association Images

Monkey chants appeared to be aimed at several Tottenham players, notably goalscorer Emmanuel Adebayor, while a fan was seen with an inflatable banana.

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Spurs: Three fans suffered 'minor injuries' in Lyon

Tottenham Hotspur have confirmed three of their fans suffered "minor injuries" after an attack in a Lyon pub last night.

A general view of the Smoking Dog pub in Lyon. Credit: Paul Hirst/PA Wire

Around 50 masked thugs attacked the Smoking Dog pub where roughly 150 Spurs fans had gathered on the eve of their Europa League match against the French side.

A Tottenham spokesman said: "Club officials attended an incident last night in Lyon. A group of around 50 people confronted fans. The situation was dealt with and arrests were made within the hour. Three fans sustained minor injuries and received prompt medical assistance.

"Spurs officials and stewards will be in the city throughout the day, along with matchday French police ahead of kick-off."

Israeli West Ham player 'embarrassed' by fans' chants

Israeli footballer Yossi Benayoun, who plays for West Ham on loan from Chelsea, said he was disappointed and embarrassed by chants from his team's supporters yesterday:

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I have a great relationship with the West Ham United supporters, from my first spell at the club and again now I am back on loan here

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this why I was very disappointed to hear some of the songs yesterday and it was embarrassing ..

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. But we need to remember that it was made by a minority group of fans and I'm sure the fa together with west ham

West Ham fan banned from club after behaviour at Spurs

Police confirmed that two West Ham supporters were formally cautioned by officers after making "racially-aggravated gestures" during yesterday's match.

The pair of fans were arrested during the game and accepted the police cautions, Scotland Yard said.

One of those was a Hammers season ticket holder who has since been banned.

A West Ham statement said:

Tottenham Hotspur have confirmed that five supporters were arrested during Sunday's match at White Hart Lane outside of the stadium for unrelated incidents and two more were cautioned for racially aggravated gesturing inside the ground.

One of those fans has since been identified as a season ticket holder and has, this afternoon, been sent a letter containing a banning order from the club.

Any other individuals identified can expect a similar swift and robust response.

FA to investigate West Ham anti-Semitic chants

The FA can confirm it has begun investigating reports of abusive chanting at the Tottenham Hotspur FC versus West Ham United FC fixture on 25 November 2011.

The FA Governance Department has this morning contacted both clubs and will continue to make enquiries into the matter in the coming days.

We note the statement issued by West Ham United FC and encourage Clubs to identify and ban for life any individuals involved in incidents of abusive chanting.

There is no place for anti-Semitism or any form of discrimination in football.

– The FA

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Jewish group 'dismayed' by reports of anti-Semitic chants

The Board of Deputies of British Jews said it was "dismayed" by reports of anti-Semitic chanting by West Ham fans.

It said in a statement:

The Board of Deputies of British Jews utterly condemns and is dismayed by reports of antisemitic chanting by West Ham United fans at yesterday’s match against Tottenham Hotspur.

Antisemitism has no place in football or society in general. For football fans to use Holocaust imagery and chants glorifying Adolf Hitler is grossly offensive to the Jewish community and is a stain upon the character of British football.

This in the same week that Tottenham fans were attacked in Rome in an apparently antisemitic attack.

Events at White Hart Lane yesterday and comments on Saturday by the Scunthorpe United manager describing his team’s defending as being “as bad as the Holocaust” confirm that this phenomenon is not confined to the Continent.

The board said they would be making a complaint to the FA:

We will be writing to the Football Association to urge them to punish those responsible for these chants and to take further steps to rid our national game of these slurs.

West Ham threaten life bans if fans found guilty of inappropriate Spurs chants

West Ham United said the club will take the "strongest possible action" against any supporters found guilty of inappropriate chanting during the Barclays Premier League match away to Tottenham yesterday, including the enforcement of life bans.

A statement said:

West Ham United are in contact with Tottenham Hotspur to assist them with their investigation into the conduct of a small number of supporters and alleged inappropriate chanting during yesterday's match at White Hart Lane.

West Ham United will take the strongest possible action against any of their supporters, including enforcing life bans from the club, that are found guilty of behaviour which is categorically not condoned by West Ham United.

During the 46 games in the Championship last season, West Ham United had zero arrests for racism or violence, so while we are surprised to see such reports today, we will examine any available evidence of such conduct thoroughly and take the appropriate action.

UEFA launch disciplinary action against Lazio after alleged racist chanting

UEFA have announced that they have opened proceedings against Lazio for "improper conduct of the club's supporters" during their Europa League match against Tottenham.

Aaron Lennon, Jermain Defoe and Andros Townsend all appeared to be the subject of monkey chants from the away end during Spurs' 0-0 draw against the Italian side.

A statement read: "UEFA has opened disciplinary proceedings against S.S. Lazio for the improper conduct of the club's supporters (racist behaviour) during the UEFA Europa League group stage match on Thursday 20 September between Tottenham Hotspur FC and the Italian side."

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