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Spurs to adopt zero tolerance approach to abusive fans tonight

Tottenham have instructed stewards to show no tolerance to any supporter hurling insults during the derby clash with Chelsea.

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STEWARDS AT WHITE Hart Lane on Thursday night will be equipped with headcams, and have been told to adopt a zero tolerance policy against anyone heard using foul, abusive, homophobic or racist language.

Tottenham have warned fans that such talk will not be tolerated under their roof, and even urged fans to tell tales on each other by text or email if they hear anything untoward.

A statement on tottenhamhotspur.com read: “A reminder to all fans, both home and away, that foul, abusive, homophobic or racist language will not be tolerated at White Hart Lane.

“The club will take action against anyone heard using such language.

“Stewards will again wear headcams at Thursday night’s match against Chelsea and will adopt a zero-tolerance policy.”

The appeal comes just one day after John Terry – the Chelsea captain – was charged with racially abusing Anton Ferdinand, while Luis Suarez was banned for eight games for an incident involving Manchester United full-back Patrice Evra.

The Tottenham statement continued: “Once again, we call upon our fans to behave in a manner which does not bring the club into disrepute and of which we can be proud.

“If you hear anyone within White Hart Lane using foul, abusive, homophobic or racist language please report this to the club by texting the control room on the texting service number above [07537 404 821] – this number can also be found in Thursday night’s official matchday programme.

“The texting service has been used to good effect in enabling us to ban people for committing offences on matchdays.

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