The Union of European Football Associations is investigating the display of a large anti-Semitic banner on Thursday night during a match between Partizan Belgrade and the United Kingdom's Tottenham Hotspur, the Guardian reported.
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Held aloft by Serbian fans, the banner read: "Only Jews and Pussies" — believed to be a reference to the TV comedy "Only Fools and Horses."
The banner was strongly criticized by Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino who called it "unacceptable" and "disrespectful." The match between the two teams ended in a goalless draw.
Tottenham, a club with a traditionally strong Jewish support base, is expected to file an official complaint within the next 48 hours
UEFA, the governing body of European football, was made aware of the banner before half-time, yet no effort was made to take it down, according to the Mail Online..
It is not the first time that Partizan fans have caused trouble. The club was fined and ejected from the UEFA Cup in 2007 after fans rioted and the England Under-21 team suffered racial abuse during a European Championship playoff in Serbia in 2012.
Spurs left-back Danny Rose, who was one of those abused in 2012, was rested for the Partizan match on Thursday night.
Partizan’s coach, Marko Nikolic, seemed unaware of the banner when he thanked the crowd for their behavior after the match.
“I want to congratulate the crowd,” Nikolic said. “The support was great and not only great but everything went well. It was a wonderful, sporting environment without the slightest problem.”