UEFA to take action against Lazio over fans' alleged racist abuse of Spurs stars
16:39 GMT, 21 September 2012
UEFA have confirmed they have opened disciplinary proceedings against Lazio for the alleged racist behaviour of some of their fans during last night's Europa League clash 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 stalemate against the Italian side at White Hart Lane.
After receiving reports from Thursday night's referee Ovidiu Alin Hategan and match delegate Adonis Procopiou, European football's governing body this evening charged the Rome-based club with improper conduct.
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Allegations: Lazio fans cheer on their team at White Hart Lane on Thursday night
Target: Lazio fans allegedly directed vile racist abuse at Tottenham striker Defoe
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.”'
UEFA's Control and Disciplinary Body will hear the case on October 18.
Heated: The fiery clash at White hart Lane had a number of flashpoints
Article 11 of UEFA's disciplinary
regulations states that Lazio can expect a fine of around 16,000 if
their fans are found guilty of racial abuse.
Should they decide further action is deserved, UEFA could force Lazio to play one or more of their games behind closed doors.
They could even be stripped of some of
their points or disqualified from the competition altogether, although
this punishment is likely to be meted out in only the most extreme
Captain's job: Lennon wore the armband on a night when he was also an alleged victim of abuse
Food for thought: UEFA President Michel Platini (centre) was in the crowd at White Hart Lane
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