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Contraversy over chanting hots up as Spurs promise action

Football News 24/7
 
On a day when Spurs supporters should be basking in the limelight over a famous win over neighbours Arsenal, there is instead a sense of gloom over the low standards set by supporters - on both sides.

Sections of the home crowd taunted Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger while some away fans were widely condemned for mocking the deadly gun attack on the Togo team bus which Emmanuel Adebayor survived.

Tottenham manager Harry Redknapp launched a stinging attack on the Arsenal fans, describing the chants at former Gunners striker Adebayor as "disgusting".

Tottenham confirmed that several fans from both the home and away sections of crowd were ejected from White Hart Lane during the game.

In line with the club's zero-tolerance policy on abusive chanting, they have also promised to ban any guilty party for life.

"It is club policy to ban fans that are found guilty of abusive chanting," a club spokeswoman said.

"We evicted several fans at the time during the match. The way we deal with large numbers is we take out one or two of the ring-leaders who are initiating the chants."

Arsenal were at the centre of a similar storm last season when Stoke fans apparently taunted them about Aaron Ramsey's broken leg incident. The Spurs outrage follows only a couple of weeks after similar incidents marred the Leeds v Man United Carling Cup clash. Leeds fans taunted United over Munich and United fans taunted Leeds over the death of their supporters in Turkey nearly a decade ago.

Whilst the clubs involved in these incidents have naturally condemned those involved, the only way to stop the rot is sanction from the football authorities themselves.

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