Tottenham Hotspur report antisemitic Partizan flag to UEFA
Tottenham Hotspur have reported an antisemitic banner displayed by Partizan Belgrade fans to UEFA, European football’s governing body.
The flag was an imitation of the logo from BBC comedy show Only Fools and Horses, with some words modified to form an offensive slogan.
Spurs manager Mauricio Pochettino described the banner as “very disrespectful and unacceptable”.
The clubs drew 0-0 in Thursday’s Europa League match at the Partizan Stadium.
Tottenham officials made Uefa aware of the banner before the break and delegates took photographic evidence after the match.
“The club is aware but I did not see it,” said Pochettino. “If this is true, then it is an unacceptable thing,”
Spurs have a historical association with London’s Jewish community.
In 2007, Partizan were thrown out of the Uefa Cup and fined for rioting during a first qualifying round first-leg clash at Zrinjski Mostar.
And it was in Serbia two years ago that Tottenham left-back Danny Rose, who did not travel with the Spurs squad for the Europa League tie, was subjected to racial abuse while on England Under-21s duty.
Pochettino insisted the defender was not left out because of what happened in Krusevac, when Rose was sent off for his reaction to the abuse and a mass confrontation on the pitch marred England Under-21’s progress to the European Championship.
Nikola Ninkovic, on the substitutes’ bench for Partizan during the Group C match against Tottenham, was banned for a year by the Serbian Football Association for his part in the melee.
From BBC Sport