Marca have released an official statement apologising for a controversial article published about Tottenham on Monday.
The Spanish newspaper was heavily criticised after making claims about Tottenham’s ‘Jewish heritage’ in a preview piece ahead of Tuesday’s game with Real Madrid.
Spurs admitted they were ‘astonished’ by the story on Monday, and Marca have now released a full apology – while blaming Chelsea and West Ham fans.
“It has generated controversy in England because of a mistranslation of the term ‘hated’, which also featured in the copy,” a statement released by the newspaper said.
“The ‘hatred’ that Tottenham suffers is very focused on the radical and racist groups that are hiding in society, especially among the fans of Chelsea and West Ham. Obviously, these groups do not represent the English game or society.
“We regret the confusion that has been created in this respect. The intention was not to damage the image of Tottenham – a club we respect, value and admire.
“We do not want to serve as a mouthpiece for these racist minorities, which remain within football and which use any pretext to spread their messages of hate, which we reject head-on.”