Pitch invaders cause Spurs walk-off
Tottenham’s Europa League tie with Partizan Belgrade was briefly suspended after three separate incidents of pitch-invading.
Players and staff were led off the field in the 41st minute of the Group C clash at White Hart Lane, which kicked off at 8.05pm, with the scoreline at 0-0.
UEFA officials spoke to the fourth official after the first two incidents, with a third pitch invader prompting the referee Yevhen Aranovskiy to call the players off.
No announcement was made in the stadium as to what was happening, while Spurs assistant manager Jesus Perez told Press Association Sport he was unaware what the next step was.
An announcement over the public address system confirmed play would resume, and it did so at 8.55pm.
Two of the pitch invaders appeared to run around the players, taking ‘selfie’ shots on handheld devices with a number of them.
Tottenham striker Roberto Soldado looked to strip one of the invaders of his T-shirt, which like those worn by the other two intruders bore the name of headphone manufacturer BassBuds.
All three intruders were led away by match stewards.
BassBuds was not available for comment when attempts were made to speak to a representative. Tottenham’s shop stocks an official club range of headphones made by the company.
It remained to be seen what action Tottenham might face from UEFA over the incidents.
UEFA imposed a charge on Swiss side Basle on Thursday after an incident in Wednesday’s Champions League match against Real Madrid saw two fans, who gave the impression of being more tourists than trouble-causers, ventured on to the St Jakob-Park pitch.
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