UEFA launches disciplinary action against Lazio after allegations of fans' racist chanting at Tottenham

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Lazio hit with UEFA fine for fans' racist conduct
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Lazio hit with UEFA fine for fans' racist conduct

UEFA has launched disciplinary action against Lazio after allegations of racist chanting at Tottenham in the clubs' Europa League match at White Hart Lane on Thursday evening.

"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," the European governing body of soccer said in a statement Friday.

The action taken by UEFA concerns the alleged racial attacks from Lazio fans on certain members of the Tottenham squad -- specifically Jermain Defoe and Aaron Lennon -- which played the Italian side to a 0-0 draw Thursday night. Spurs manager Andre Villas-Boas claimed he had heard no racist chanting, but would leave it up to UEFA to act if there were.

"UEFA is very active on this kind of situation ,and our overall objective is to kick racism out of football," Villas-Boas said following the match. "I can't point the finger at anyone in any way, shape or form tonight, because I didn't hear anything."

The alleged attacks occured in the second half of the game, with Spurs attacking the end where the Lazio fans were seated.

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