Pochettino reveals he will meet with his players over racism plan

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Mauricio Pochettino has revealed that he will talk with his Tottenham Hotspur players ahead of Wednesday night’s Champions League clash against Red Star Belgrade.

Supporters of the Serbian side were banned from attending the fixture at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium last month following punishment handed down to them by UEFA for previous racist chanting (Fox Sports).

In October 2012, Danny Rose found himself the subject of racist chants from Serbian supporters when he featured for the England Under-21 side and was met with monkey chants when in possession of the ball and also had stones thrown at him (Guardian).

Racism in football has once again reared its ugly head in recent months following the unsavoury scenes in Bulgaria during England’s Euro 2020 qualifier, which saw UEFA hand down a measly £64,641 fine and ordered to play two matches behind closed doors, with one suspended for two years (BBC).

Pochettino has insisted that he trusts UEFA and will make a decision on what to do if his players are on the receiving end of racism.

He told Sky Sports: “Still we haven’t talked. Of course we are going to talk – it’s a thing that is there.

“We need to go there and think nothing is going to happen – we’ve got to trust in the UEFA protocol.
“We can’t go there and think, ‘Oh, something is going to happen’
“We need to go there and then take the decision, follow the protocol of UEFA, and then if something happens take the decision that is needed.”

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