TOTTENHAM face Uefa sanctions after their Europa League tie with Partizan Belgrade was suspended, overshadowing their progress to the knockout stages.
Play was halted 41 minutes into this Group C clash after individuals encroached on to the pitch on three separate occasions in what appeared to be an orchestrated PR stunt.
The incident led to a temporary suspension of play at White Hart Lane, where Mauricio Pochettinoâ€™s men would eventually triumph 1-0 thanks to Benjamin Stambouliâ€™s first goal for the club.
The win against Partizan, who were already eliminated, means Spurs progress to the round of 32 with a game to spare, although it is the unsavoury incidents which will be making the headlines â€“ just like in the sidesâ€™ previous meeting.
Septemberâ€™s 0-0 draw in Belgrade was shrouded in controversy after home fans displayed an antisemitic banner inspired by the Only Fools and Horses logo, with the name changed to â€œOnly Jews and Pussiesâ€.
It led to Uefa fining Partizan and handing down a partial stadium closure for their next home match, although this time it is Tottenham who will face the wrath of European footballâ€™s governing body.
On three different occasions members of the public came on to the field, leading the referee, Yevhen Aranovsky, to temporarily suspend a match in which an Albanian flag was seen in the home end â€“ an apparent bid to rile visiting fans after last monthâ€™s Euro 2016 qualifier in Serbia was abandoned.
With so much happening around the ground, it was easy at times to forget this was an important game for Tottenham â€“ one which saw them qualify from Group C with a match to spare.
It was far from a straightforward win as Partizan produced a spirited performance, although Spurs eventually won thanks to Stambouliâ€™s strike shortly after half-time. – The Guardian