Pundit lambasts 'terrible' behaviour after Tottenham hotel claim
Frank McAvennie has slammed Marseille fans after their disturbances at the Tottenham team hotel before their Champions League clash on Tuesday (1 November).
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the former West Ham striker told the French fans to “stick to football” but claimed the disturbance may not have bothered the players.
As reported by the Express (2 November), Spurs players were woken up during the night with club sources describing the fireworks displays as “very prolonged”.
The French club faced a stadium closure back in September during their game with Eintracht Frankfurt as a result of crowd trouble, but the punishment didn’t deter the fans from causing problems for Spurs the night before the game.
The Lilywhites went on to come from 1-0 to win the game 2-1 and Harry Kane teased the French fans by posting a dressing room photo on social media captioned “full-time fireworks”.
McAvennie slammed the actions of the Marseille fans but suggested the players won’t have been too bothered by the disturbance.
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“I think it is terrible but I do not think the players will have heard it,” he told Football Insider.
“It would not have bothered me too much. Most of the players will be like that as well. But it should not be done.
“Marseille have had enough problems over the years and should just learn to stick to football.“
Tottenham finished top of Champions League group D with 11 points from six games.
Antonio Conte’s side will face AC Milan in the round of 16.