Racial abuse of Adebayor taints Spurs’ great escape

 
Frank Dalleres
Follow Frank
EUROPA LEAGUE

INTER MILAN 4 vs TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR 1
(4-4 ON AGGREGATE. TOTTENHAM WIN ON AWAY GOALS)


TOTTENHAM manager Andre Villas-Boas expects governing body Uefa to punish Inter Milan after Spurs striker Emmanuel Adebayor appeared to be racially abused in last night’s Europa League clash in Italy.

The Togo international’s extra-time goal earned the north Londoners a place in today’s quarter-final draw, as they survived a huge scare in a second leg as one-sided as last week’s first in England.

“It’s a very sensitive situation,” said Villas-Boas. “Uefa set out to act on that situation. It was very, very easy to hear the chanting so I am sure that Uefa will act on it.”

Some Inter fans appeared to single Adebayor out for racial taunts, as well as brandish an inflatable banana at him, as they did towards AC Milan’s former Manchester City forward Mario Balotelli last month.

“It’s difficult for Inter Milan because it is something that in some way has happened before,” added Villas-Boas. “It doesn’t mar the game but should have been avoided.”

Tottenham, without suspended top scorer Gareth Bale, appeared unsure how to approach a return leg with a three-goal advantage, but soon found themselves on the back foot and struggled to recover.

The mercurial Antonio Cassano headed in Rodrigo Palacio’s cross on 20 minutes and the latter then lobbed onto the bar before himself slotting the second past Brad Friedel shortly after the interval.

Under little pressure Spurs defender William Gallas haplessly sliced Esteban Cambiasso’s free-kick into his own net and levelled the tie with 15 minutes remaining, and the Argentina midfielder dragged wide when superbly placed to bury the visitors with a fourth before 90 minutes.

Instead Adebayor made the decisive intervention, stabbing past Samir Handanovic after the goalkeeper had parried Mousa Dembele’s drive, and Ricky Alvarez’s 110th-minute effort proved to be in vain.

QUARTER-FINAL LINE-UP

Basel (Swi), Benfica (Por), Chelsea (Eng), Fenerbahce (Tur), Lazio (Ita), Newcastle (Eng), Rubin Kazan (Rus), Tottenham (Eng)

Draw to be held today at 11:40am