Hot but fair atmosphere expected for Red Star-Tottenham UCL showdown

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Published on November 6, 2019 - Duration: 00:56s

Hot but fair atmosphere expected for Red Star-Tottenham UCL showdown

Red Star coach Vladan Milojevic downplays possibility of Serbian fans abusing the visitors in key match up.

Hot but fair atmosphere expected for Red Star-Tottenham UCL showdown



(SOUNDBITE) (Serbian) RED STAR BELGRADE COACH, VLADAN MILOJEVIC, SAYING "I see no reason for fear, because with regard to some racial things or insults, here we have team mates, several players from other continents, who simply have never had any problems. So, I don't think there will be any problems tomorrow." 3.


(SOUNDBITE) (English) TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR STRIKER, HARRY KANE, SAYING: "I think, like I said before that game, hopefully it (racial abuse by fans) doesn't happen and we play a football match tomorrow.

Which will be a tough football match.

We focus on that and try to get a win and try to put ourselves in a great position in the group.

If it does happen, then obviously there's a protocol in place, like there was in Sofia and, as players, we follow that." STORY: Red Star coach Vladan Milojevic ruled out any possibility of the Serbian club's fans causing trouble on the eve of their Champions League clash against Tottenham on Wednesday (November 6).

Red Star's Rajko Mitic stadium is renowned for it's noise and electric atmosphere on European nights, as Champions League holders Liverpool found out in a 2-0 group-stage defeat in the Serbian capital last season.

Tottenham Hotspur manager Mauricio Pochettino said Tuesday (November 5) he expects the home fans to generate a fervent atmosphere in a potentially explosive fixture.

The encounter could also prove pivotal for qualification with one point separating Spurs and Red Star in Group B.

Spurs captain Harry Kane said he hoped there would be no repeat of the racist abuse England players suffered in Sofia during last month's Euro 2020 qualifier.

The match in the Bulgarian capital, which England went on to win 6-0, was twice stopped under a three-step UEFA protocol after England's black players were abused.

(Production: Peter Bullock)

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