Spurs' legal threat to FA

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Spurs are considering legal action against the Football Association over a £150,000 fine.

Spurs are considering legal action against the Football Association over a £150,000 fine.

The fine was imposed for Tottenham players' involvement in a mass on-field brawl in a game against Leeds at Elland Road last season.

But the north London club said today it does not accept the fine and may take the FA to court in a civil action.

The FA rejected a Spurs appeal in the summer but, after Tottenham Hotspur plc announced a slight fall in their annual pre-tax profits, the club revealed they were now considering civil action.

In a statement issued to the Stock Exchange, chairman Alan Sugar said: "The Football Association fine was levied against the club for the alleged misconduct of players at an away match at Leeds. We are still appealing strongly against this decision."

An FA disciplinary commission hit Leeds and Spurs with identical fines but the London club felt aggrieved because the fight had been triggered by a high tackle by Leeds' Lee Bowyer on Stephen Clemence.

Finance director John Sedgwick added: "We don't accept the fine and are looking at ways to challenge it. That could include a civil action."

Sugar also used the financial results to remind fans that Tottenham were among the biggest spenders in the Premiership when it came to transfer fees.

The chairman said: "Our net spending on transfers this year was £16.4m and we have been the fourth highest net spenders in the Premier League over the previous five years."

George Graham spent £16m in the close-season bringing Sergei Rebrov and Ben Thatcher to White Hart Lane.