Tottenham have reacted angrily to claims in a Spanish newspaper that they are hated for their connection to the Jewish community.
In a preview of Spurs’ visit to the Bernabeu to play Real Madrid, Marca included a bizarre reference to the club being unpopular because of its origins.
The newspaper states: ‘Their Jewish heritage has historically made them into a club disliked by rival fans, but in their 135 years of existence they have always had style and great players.
‘Since its beginnings, the club has had an undeniable connection with the Jewish community represented in directors, coaches and players. And the current owner and president, Joe Lewis and Daniel Levy, are Jewish.’
Tottenham responded in strong terms to the article, with the Daily Telegraph quoting their reaction: ‘We are astonished that a publication such as Marca, which presents itself as an alleged source of professional journalism, has seen fit to publish such an article which is blatantly wrong and wholly distasteful.’