FOOTBALL Association chief executive Martin Glenn said he is “disappointed” over allegations of chants of a racially stereotypical nature directed by Millwall fans at Tottenham Hotspur’s Son Heung-min during the clubs’ FA Cup quarter-final clash at White Hart Lane on Sunday.
The FA are investigating the allegations and will be working with both clubs and the police as well as awaiting referee Martin Atkinson’s match report to see what action if any they will take.
Tottenham fans are also accused of aiming offensive chants at the away support.
After the match Lions boss Neil Harris said anyone found to have participated in the chanting should be punished. Spurs manager Mauricio Pochettino said Son had not spoken about it.
On Monday, Glenn told Sky Sports: “I felt disappointed, and the reason I felt disappointed was that you don’t hear it much in football or see it much in football anymore.
“I think football has cleaned itself up brilliantly, football in England I think is far more intolerant of any kind of phobia, whether it be racism, homophobia, than just about any other country in the world.
“We don’t give ourselves credit for that, so the fact there was chanting, the fact that it was picked up and the fact that everyone’s in uproar about it, starting with Millwall saying it was unacceptable, shows how strong the values are of English football.”
Son scored a hat-trick and goals from Christian Eriksen, Dele Alli and Vincent Janssen gave Spurs a 6-0 win.
In a statement Tottenham said: “We strongly condemn the use of any racist language. We shall be passing on all of our footage to the relevant authorities who can assist with the identification of anyone responsible for such chanting at yesterday’s game.”
The south London club stated: “Millwall have led the way on anti-discrimination initiatives and will continue to do so.
“The club is assisting The FA with their investigation and will make no further comment until that process is complete.”
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