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Chelsea investigate alleged racist abuse aimed at Tottenham’s Son during corner kick

Chelsea investigate alleged racist abuse towards Tottenham’s Son Heung-min during a corner kick in the Premier League fixture at the weekend.

The incident in question came when the South Korean went over to take a corner in the second half, with footage emerging which shows a racist gesture aimed at the player in part of the Shed End.

The Athletic has contacted Tottenham and the Metropolitan Police for comment, and while the club are yet to comment, The Athletic reports that they have launched an internal investigation to try and identify the perpetrator.

In April 2021, Manchester United suspended three season-ticket holders after Son received online abuse following Tottenham’s 3-1 defeat by the Old Trafford club.

In 2019, a West Ham United supporter was fined for racially abusing Son in a Carabao Cup tie. The fan pleaded guilty to a racially aggravated offence in May 2019 and was fined £184 and ordered to pay £110 in costs by Thames magistrates court.

The incident followed another involving West Ham back in November 2017 when Son was racially abused after he wound down his car window to pose for a picture with another fan.

Son responded two months later by making a finger-to-lips gesture after scoring against West Ham in a 1-1 draw at Wembley. “It was nothing special, I don’t want to talk about it,” Son said after the game. “I think they knew why I did it and that’s it.”

The Football Association, meanwhile, are investigating comments made by Chelsea head coach Thomas Tuchel about referee Anthony Taylor’s performance during the match.

Asked if it was best if Taylor shouldn’t referee Chelsea again, Tuchel replied by referring to Cristian Romero’s hair-pull of Marc Cucurella before Harry Kane’s late equaliser. “Maybe it would be better,” he said. “But honestly, we also have VAR to help make the right decisions. Since when can players be pulled at their hair? Since when is that? And if he does not see it, I don’t blame him.

“I didn’t see it, but we have people at VAR who check this and then you see it and then how can this not be a free-kick and how can it not be a red card? How?”

Tuchel and Spurs coach Antonio Conte have also both been charged by the FA over alleged improper behaviour, after they clashed following the final whistle.

Chelsea travel to Leeds United while Spurs host Wolverhampton Wanderers in the next round of Premier League fixtures.

Fans gave their reaction as Chelsea investigate the ‘alleged’ racist abuse aimed at Tottenham’s Son during his corner kick at the weekend…

@RichieSmitZa: @ChelseaFC please sort out

@ThfcDec: Imagine my shock

@eski1988: Ban for life. Cheers @ChelseaFC

@marcb3381: Typically Chelsea fans

@AmericaHotspurs: Who are these grown men who take their shirts off at games and harass opposing players? Get a life boys, seriously

@Jay_spurs_news: Well thts just embarrassing. A grown man being racist. Whilst the man he’s being racist against is loved by the whole world and makes millions, having a job of his dream

@laube1979: Shouldn’t be a difficult investigation. The guys face and repulsive actions are all over Twitter

@gbutler0385: There’s nothing possible about it. It’s Chelsea. Of course it happened.

@lenclapich: This has been going on since I was a young lad. I’m 65 now. Nothing changes..

@andystone1978: Three certainties in life: death, taxes & racists at Chelsea

@Kraymon94: Get ‘em. This needs to be dealt with every time it happens. People need to know there are consequences for this

@Leecoys68: What a surprise, classy club classy fans

@bettssteve: @ChelseaFC Care to ban this so called supporter of yours?

@EmzzyLou20: I’m a Chelsea Fan and that is absolutely disgusting. There is no room for racism anywhere. Hope the individual gets caught and handed a lifetime ban from all stadiums and hope the Police deal with it too.

@breezycoys: Not shocked at all. @kickitout does this fall under your umbrella or does the fact he’s not black go against him. Constantly abused by Chelsea and West Ham and never see it highlighted by yourselves. Why is that? Genuine question

@shanejosephluke: Why am I not surprised? Filth

@HB_thespur: what do the @metpoliceuk have to say about it? Or is this acceptable behaviour?

@nikolaimoeller1: Is it really surprising, every game we see it. That club never changes.

@DanielH86446592: It’s nothing new. It’s not just Chelsea its all over this world. Racism will always be a problem. Few sad sorry people always make things worse

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