Forgot Password

 

Register

 

Create your Connect ID

This will allow you to login to all DStv websites & applications




or
Login using
x

Email Reset

 




Loading...
Loading Live Scoring...
*All times CAT (GMT+2)

Football | Barclays Premier League

AVB tight-lipped over 'stabbing' chants



Tottenham Hotspur coach Andre Villas-Boas refused to be drawn into a discussion about alleged abusive chanting from West Ham United fans during Spurs' 3-1 victory on Sunday.

Visiting supporters directed offensive chants at home fans during the match at White Hart Lane, making references to the attack on Spurs fans prior to their Europa League game against Lazio in Rome on Thursday that saw one man stabbed.

The Hammers fans chanted "Viva Lazio" and "Can we stab you every week?", as well as singing the name of former West Ham striker and Lazio icon Paolo Di Canio.

West Ham supporters were also reported to have hissed, mimicking the noise of the gas chambers used to murder Jews in the Holocaust, in a reference to Tottenham's strong links with the Jewish community.

However, neither Villas-Boas nor his opposite number, Sam Allardyce, were preapred to comment in detail about the chants, but both said it was because they had not heard them.

"I prefer not to mar the performance with a situation like this," Villas-Boas said in his post-match press conference.

"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.

"It would be extremely unfair for me to mar the performance of the players, but understanding that a couple of situations are avoidable, we can't decipher the true meaning of what they were saying."

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? What do you want me to say? If I didn't hear it, I can't condemn it, can I?

"I will wait and look at it myself and make a comment once I have listened to what they have said.

"I don't want to be a political animal – I'm here to talk about football and not what fans are saying and singing."

Tottenham won the match through a Jermain Defoe brace and a goal from Gareth Bale, with Andy Carroll replying for the visitors.

Shop

Gerrard: My Autobiography
Steven Gerrard is a hero to millions, not only as the inspirational captain of Liverpool FC, but as a key member of the England team.
R161.00
Rafa: My Story
Revelatory memoir from the greatest sportsman in the world today.
R182.00
Mitre Monde Soccer Ball - White
Voted as one of the UK's favourite match balls
R219.00


Comments

More expert analysis and opinion from Sport24
The opinions expressed by Sport24 experts and bloggers are theirs alone, and do not necessarily represent those of SuperSport

Sports Talk



Sunday Oliseh
El Clasico gave a glimpse of the future
Real Madrid were deserving winners of the El Clasico at the weekend. A closer look seems to reveal...

Emeka Enyadike
Conversations with Senzo
I woke up this morning to the rude shock of the senseless shooting of Senzo Meyiwa and I still...

Carol Radull
Let the chickens hatch K'ogalo
Last year was an exception but I think “it is written” that the Tusker Premier League must go down...

Arjun Vidyarthi
Listen to the fans Rodgers
While in the UK I decided to do what every Liverpool fan would try and do - catch a game.

Neil Tovey
Meyiwa will be missed
The untimely loss of Senzo Robert Meyiwa has been felt from the township of Umlazi to the Fifa...

Chima Emmanuel Aguma
Mata can't replace Rooney
Manchester United started the first of three crucial Premier League games against West Brom (away),...