Spanish newspaper Marca published an article claiming that Tottenham are disliked because of their “Jewish origin” where they carried a photo of Harry Kane across front page made the rounds even online.
Tottenham issued a response to the newspaper and said that what the newspaper wrote was just distasteful.
The piece, which was published on Monday ahead of Spurs’ Champions League visit to Real Madrid, was described as “hated, but with good footballing style.” Marca even said that “their Jewish origin has made them into a club disliked by rival fans.”
“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,” a spokesman for Tottenham said.
Marca claimed, however, that the word “hated” had just been lost in translation and apologised for the offence their newspaper may have written.
“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.”