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Mauricio Pochettino angered by Partizan fans' banner

By Staff Reporter

Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino was angered by the "unacceptable" anti-Semitic banner displayed by Partizan Belgrade fans in their Europa League opener.

A much-changed Spurs side got their Group C campaign off to a sturdy start by securing a hard-fought 0-0 draw in an intimidating atmosphere in the Serbian capital.

It was a solid performance overshadowed by an anti-Semitic banner in the home end, displayed at Partizan Stadium throughout the match.

UEFA is investigating the issue pointed out to them by Tottenham officials, with a delegate from the governing body taking photographic evidence.

"I didn't see it," Pochettino said. "The club is aware but I did not see (it myself).

"But if this is true, then it is an unacceptable thing. It is very disrespectful.

"This is a shame, very disrespectful and unacceptable."

It is not the first time Partizan have found themselves in hot water, having been thrown out of the Uefa Cup and fined in 2007 for rioting during a first qualifying round first-leg clash at Zrinjski Mostar.

This latest incident also came just two years on from racial abuse suffered by England Under-21s in a European Championship play-off in Serbia. Spurs left-back Danny Rose was caught up in the problems that night and was among those rested for the clash with Partizan.

Emmanuel Adebayor, Younes Kaboul, Mousa Dembele and Nacer Chadli also remained in north London as Pochettino made sweeping changes.

It was perhaps unsurprising, therefore, to see Spurs struggle for attacking coherence.

"I think the result was fair because Partizan in the second half played well and we did well in the first half. In the end, it is a fair result," Pochettino said.

A dead leg sustained by Andros Townsend was the only on-field issue Spurs had ahead of Sunday's clash West Brom.

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