Sevilla have attacked Tottenham for the ‘treacherous’ way they poached manager Juande Ramos.
The Spaniard was appointed as Spurs boss over the weekend following the sacking of Martin Jol.
The appointment ended months of speculation and left Sevilla alleging that there had been illegal contact between the parties before they had given their permission.
Sevilla president Jose Maria Del Nido believes Spurs’ move was illegal intends to make an official complaint to the game’s governing bodies.
“They will get the response they deserve from Seville,” Del Nido told The Sun.
“We will channel our energy, force and all the means available to us into making sure Tottenham pay the consequences of a situation they have illegally and illegitimately provoked.
“Here in Spain we’re not used to treachery between football clubs. You’ll see what we do with regard to Fifa.”
Ramos has been tipped to return to his former club in the January transfer market to help strengthen the Spurs squad. Daniel Alves and Fredi Kanoute have both been linked with a move but Del Nido has told Ramos that he will have to pay a premium if he wishes to sign either player.
He said: “I doubt very much that Tottenham have the money to buy them.”
Alves has a buy-out clause of €130m (£91m) while they will have to stump up €25m for the striker Freddie Kanouté.