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Tottenham’s Europa League clash with Besiktas halted twice after floodlight failure

Tottenham’s Europa League clash with Besiktas was suspended twice after the floodlights in the ground suddenly went out.

Referee Stefan Johannesson had to halt play in the eighth minute and send the players back to the dressing rooms before the problem could be resolved, with just a thirteen minute delay in play. The floodlights went out again in second-half stoppage time with Spurs 1-0 down after Cenk Tosun’s strike.

It’s the second successive Europa League match to be suspended for Tottenham following pitch invaders interrupting play at White Hart Lane against Partizan Belgrade last month.

The sparse section of supporters did their best to light up the stadium with their phones however luckily for the contest the lighting issues were resolved within quarter of an hour and the players came back out to continue the match after the minimal delay.

Mauricio Pochettino’s side are vying with their opponents Besiktas for top spot in Group C, with the Turkish side requiring a win to replace Tottenham in first place. 

On Thursday it was announced that Tottenham have been fined 15,000 euros (£11,870) by UEFA over the three pitch invasions during match against Partizan Belgrade, which Spurs won 1-0. 

The match on November 27 at White Hart Lane was suspended late in the first-half following three separate pitch invasions, which appeared to be a planned PR stunt.

The three pitch invaders wore T-shirts bearing the name of a headphone manufacturer associated with Spurs and six other Premier League teams, as they attempted to take selfies with Spurs players.

UEFA’s control, ethics and disciplinary body (CEDB) fined Spurs with the police having already charged the three men involved which caused the match to be delayed for around 10 minutes just before half-time.