Tottenham charged by UEFA

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Tottenham have been charged by UEFA for the pitch invasions that caused their Europa League tie with Partizan Belgrade to be temporarily suspended.

Spurs’ progress to the knockout stages was overshadowed on Thursday night by the teams being led off in the 41st minute after a third individual managed to slip onto the White Hart Lane pitch.

Play resumed after a 10-minute break and the hosts went onto triumph 1-0, although the encroachments saw UEFA open disciplinary proceedings against the north London club on Friday.

European football’s governing body said in a statement that its control, ethics and disciplinary body would hear the charge on December 11, but Roberto Soldado and Mousa Dembele will not face action for their attempts to stop the pitch invaders.

The incident appeared at the time to be an orchestrated PR stunt by a headphone manufacturer who produces licensed Spurs merchandise.

All three men wore t-shirts bearing the company’s name, BassBuds, leading Tottenham to remove all mentions of the brand from club channels and related stock from their shops while they investigate.

The company made a statement after the match condemning the invasions and were even stronger in their words on Friday, claiming an online hidden camera prank show they were working with had gone rogue.

A statement on the company’s Facebook page confirmed this was not the first time it had collaborated with Trollstation, but that it was supposed to have only been a prize giveaway on the terraces.

“Previously they always stuck to their brief,” the statement read.

“For reasons we do not understand, they decided to put on the T-shirts and run on the pitch and in their subsequent words, ‘prank BassBuds as well’.

“As you can imagine, we are very disappointed that our product was in any way associated with what they did and we are distressed.

“We would like to confirm we have never been in a contractual agreement with Troll Station. We have terminated our relationship with these irresponsible people, for the unauthorised events of last night.”

Tottenham are awaiting the outcome of related investigations before commenting further.

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