UEFA fines Inter Milan for racist chants

BY foxsports • April 26, 2013

UEFA has fined Inter Milan £37,000 for improper conduct after their fans racially abused Tottenham's Emmanuel Adebayor in Europa League match.

Monkey chants appeared to be aimed at several Tottenham players during the last-16 tie at the San Siro on March 14, notably goalscorer Adebayor, while a fan was seen with an inflatable banana.

Earlier in the season Lazio were also fined for racist chanting in their Group J tie at White Hart Lane in September and were reprimanded again for racist behaviour in November's return game.

England was penalized $1.7 million for scheduling clashes during the Champions League.

UEFA's sanction against Inter included charges over other crowd issues, including the club's ''insufficient organization'' of the match, plus objects thrown and fireworks lit by fans.

Benfica was also fined $41,600 for crowd incidents against Bordeaux. UEFA said the disciplinary panel acted against England after ''calendar clashes relating to the 2010-11 and 2011-12 seasons.''

The cash was previously withheld and represents 10 percent of UEFA payments due to the English Football Association for 2010-11. UEFA says the money will be spread among clubs in other countries. Most must be spent on youth training.

The English Football Association was also fined $65,100. English officials were repeatedly warned about league and cup matches clashing with the Champions League.

The Associated Press was used in this report.

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