After Tottenham’s staggering 3-0 victory over Inter Milan at White Hart lane last week, the stage was set for the north Londoners to secure an emphatic victory over the 18 time Italian Champions this week in the return fixture.
However, a fiery and purposeful Inter Milan took the game to Tottenham from the first whistle, and helped by the absence of the suspended Gareth Bale, the Italians stormed into a 3-0 lead in the 90 minutes to cancel out Tottenham’s first leg rout.
The extraordinary encounter was finally settled by a crucial Emmanuel Adebayor strike in extra time which sealed Tottenham’s progression on the away goals rule. A match so unique and action packed rightly deserved to take all the headlines in today’s news but has sadly been overshadowed somewhat but strings of racial taunts directed at Adebayor from the Italian fans.
FA Chairman David Bernstein today moved to reiterate the association’s strict stance over the ugly matter, recognising that the endeavours of organisations within football need to be amplified in order to eradicate the persistent discrimination.
Bernstein told the FA website: "I condemn the racist abuse that Tottenham Hotspur players suffered at last night's Europa League fixture in Milan.
"It is unacceptable and concerning that clubs in Europe have had to endure recurrences of abuse this season.
"I am sure UEFA will take appropriate action but it also reminds us of the need to work collectively across national and international football authorities to deal with this serious issue, as we are also doing in this country.”
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