FA to look at claims of abusive chanting at White Hart Lane
The FA says it is “highly likely” to launch an investigation into reports of abusive chanting by West Ham United fans at Tottenham Hotspur.
It is alleged a section of the away support made antisemitic taunts and chanted about the stabbing of Spurs fans in Rome last week.
Kick It Out chair Lord Herman Ouseley said: “Kick It Out is following up with both clubs after the reports circulated concerning unacceptable chanting at White Hart Lane and is awaiting reports with further detail.”
An FA spokesman said reports from match officials and delegates will be assessed before deciding on any action.
The allegations overshadowed Tottenham’s 3-1 win on Sunday.
West Ham fans appeared to mock Tottenham supporters, who traditionally have strong ties with London’s Jewish community.
Fans of the club were also allegedly subjected to antisemitic abuse before their draw with Lazio on Thursday.
Two Italians have been charged with attempted murder after Tottenham supporter Ashley Mills was stabbed before the game in Rome.
After Tottenham ended a three-game Premier League losing streak, both managers were cautious about reacting to reports of the chanting.
West Ham manager Sam Allardyce said: “I didn’t hear it. I don’t hear what the fans say or do when I’m concentrating as a manager on a game of football.
“They shouldn’t be doing things like that, it is the least of my worries at the minute isn’t it?
“I will wait and look at it myself and make a comment once I have listened to what they have said.”
Tottenham manager Andre Villas-Boas said he did not want the issue to detract attention from what was Tottenham’s best home performance of the season.
“I prefer not to mar the performance with a situation like this,” the Spurs manager said.
“You know the animosity there is between Tottenham and West Ham and as long as it doesn’t reach stupidity it is a great, great rivalry of two London clubs.”
In October, Lazio were fined £32,500 following racist chanting at White Hart Lane in September, when Tottenham trio Jermain Defoe, Aaron Lennon and Andros Townsend were reportedly subjected to monkey chants.
From BBC Sport