Tottenham have been fined £18,000 by UEFA for a slightly delayed start to their UEFA Champions League clash against RB Leipzig for which European football’s apex governing body has held Jose Mourinho responsible.
Spurs were thrashed 4-0 on aggregate by the Bundesliga side in the round of sixteen stage, an embarrassing result for a side that was one step away from being crowned European champions last season.
UEFA have now poured more salt into the wound by fining Spurs for kicking off late, according to The Sun.
It is claimed that the kick-off of the first-leg clash between the sides, which was held at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium on February 19, was delayed by three minutes.
A statement released by UEFA read: “The Control, Ethics and Disciplinary Body has decided:
– To fine Tottenham Hotspur €20,000 (£18,000) for being responsible for the late kick-off.
-The above fine must be paid within 90 days of communication of this decision.
-To warn Tottenham Hotspur coach, Jose Mario Dos Santos Mourinho Felix, for being responsible for the late kick-off.
-Tottenham Hotspur ensures that its coach is personally informed of this decision.”
The Sun also reveals that Leipzig were hit with a £2,000 fine for their fans’ conduct during the first-leg in North London after some launched toilet roll onto the pitch during the 1-0 win.
Spurs Web Opinion
I suspect this was a regulation fine that many teams are hit with for delayed kick-offs and isn’t something that usually makes the news. However, with Jose Mourinho as our manager, one can be sure that anything involving him is going to receive a lot of attention from the press.
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