Ex-Fifa official: Tottenham face potential stadium closure as controversial footage emerges
Tottenham may be forced to play some European games behind closed doors after footage emerged of Marseille spectators clashing with stewards and police last week (7 September).
That is the view of ex-Fifa and Premier League referee Keith Hackett, speaking exclusively to Football Insider about the scenes after Spurs’ 2-0 win in the Champions League.
In footage shared by Twitter user @_walkeran, riot police had to calm Marseille fans down as they threw missiles at Tottenham fans and clashed with stewards.
And Hackett has claimed Spurs will be hit with a “substantial fine” at the very least.
He told Football Insider‘s Connor Whitley: “I think Tottenham are probably in trouble.
“What we have to understand is there is a match delegate appointed by Uefa. Usually, it’s a guy with a strong administrative background. He’s there as the contact between the clubs and Uefa, he’s the Uefa man at the stadium.
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“Part of his remit is to report on various things. He’ll do a walk around the stadium before the game to ensure that enough gates are open, access into the stadium is OK and there’s no problems externally.
“This is a real problem. Two sets of fans were throwing things at each other.
“The first question is Uefa will look to see if there’s a history of Tottenham Hotspur in this area. Has there been any previous problems with ground security and incidents of this kind?
“If there isn’t then Tottenham can expect a substantial fine. If they have got previous Tottenham could well be in for a closure of the ground, no spectators in.
“Uefa are really keen on that particular scenario. They will be investigating it. The disciplinary panel will be looking at the number of security people, the pre-planning arrangements, and where was the security? We know security came in with the helmeted police officers coming in.
“Watch this space. Usually, Uefa take a dim view of this type of behaviour. When it’s an English club they get microscopic.”