The Straits Times
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Published on Nov 26, 2012
 

Tottenham's Villas-Boas tight-lipped over 'stabbing' chants

 
 

LONDON (AFP) - 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.