Italian club Lazio are being investigated by UEFA as racism in football again threatens to rear its ugly head.
The Roman outfit forced Tottenham to a scoreless draw in their Europa League opener at White Hart Lane last night but off the pitch they were not quite on their game with some sections of the travelling fans accused of making racist chants.
UEFA have opened disciplinary proceedings after receiving reports from referee Ovidiu Alin Hategan and match delegate Adonis Procopiou that Tottenham's black players Jermain Defoe, Aaron Lennon and Andros Townsend were the subjects of monkey chants from Lazio supporters.
"UEFA has opened disciplinary proceedings against S.S. Lazio for the improper conduct of the club's supporters (racist behaviour) during the UEFA Europa League group stage match on Thursday 20 September between Tottenham Hotspur FC and the Italian side," read a UEFA statement.
The case will be heard by UEFA's Control and Disciplinary Body on October 18 with a £16,000 fine a likelihood if found guilty.