Spurs warn supporters not to abuse Adebayor

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Tottenham have warned their supporters that any repeat of the offensive chants aimed at Real Madrid striker Emmanuel Adebayor at the Bernabeu last week will not be tolerated during tomorrow's return leg at White Hart Lane.

Former Togo international Adebayor, who also played for Arsenal, claimed he was the subject of a racist chant during last Tuesday's Champions League quarter-final first leg in Madrid. Spurs accept the song, which contains the words, "Your dad washes elephants, your mother's a whore", is offensive but insist it is not racist in nature.

That has not stopped anti-racism group Kick It Out from condemning the song, with chairman Lord Ouseley saying last week that it has "racial undertones".

It was also heard once at this weekend's 3-2 victory over Stoke City, and the club have urged the "mindless" individuals thinking of chanting any offensive songs to think again.

A statement on the Tottenham's website read: "We do not tolerate discrimination of any sort at the club, on the pitch or in the stands.

"We have a fantastic atmosphere at the Lane and by working together we can prevent the small minority ruining it for everyone. You do not have to put up with mindless supporters who are intent on ruining your day, so use the system, report the individuals and let us take it from there."

Adebayor, who spent three-and-a-half years at Spurs' north London rivals, admitted after the game that the fight against racism was ongoing but conceded: "We can't do anything to stop it. Big players better than me have tried to stop that, but it's not easy at all. People are still into it, that's part of life."