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Lazio hit with UEFA fine for fans' racist conduct

Lazio hit with UEFA fine for fans' racist conduct

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The Biancocelesti have been punished after Tottenham's Aaron Lennon and Jermain Defoe were abused by the Italian club's traveling support during the Europa League encounter.

Lazio has been fined 40,000 euros after some of their fans were found to have been involved in racist chanting during the side's UEFA Europa League clash with Tottenham Hotspur at White Hart Lane in September.

The punishment relates to abuse directed at two of Spurs' players on the night, Jermain Defoe and Aaron Lennon. The announcement, which was made on UEFA's website on Thursday, also stated that the Italian capital club has three days to lodge an appeal against the decision.

Both teams opened their group stage campaign in the match, which ultimately ended goalless, with both Clint Dempsey and Steven Caulker having goals disallowed. Tottenham manager Andre Villas-Boas spoke to reporters about the alleged chanting after the Group J tie.

"UEFA is very active on this kind of situation, and our overall objective is to kick racism out of football," Villas-Boas said.

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