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Tottenham investigation into alleged racist abuse of Antonio Rudiger so far ‘inconclusive’

Tottenham investigation into alleged racist abuse of Antonio Rudiger so far ‘inconclusive’, though they continue to investigate the matter “exhaustively”.

Rudiger could be seen suggesting that he heard monkey noises from the stands during the second half at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, with Chelsea captain Cesar Azpilicueta telling referee Anthony Taylor about it.

Both managers and the police were also made aware of the allegation as efforts were made to find the individual concerned, while Spurs made an announcement over the stadium tannoy that “racist behaviour was interfering” with the game.

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“During yesterday’s match against Chelsea, Antonio Rudiger reported hearing alleged racist abuse from an individual(s) in the South Stand.

“We are able to track every fan via the cameras and have spent many hours reviewing CCTV footage. We have engaged lip readers to study the footage and contacted Chelsea for further information from their players. We have also taken statements from other parties present at the time. The police will be reviewing our evidence alongside us. Please be assured we shall be exhaustively investigating this matter.

“This Club has a proud track record of anti-racism work across all our communities and we are determined to ensure that we conduct a thorough investigation. Any fan found to be guilty will receive a lifetime ban. At this time however we should point out that our findings are inconclusive and would ask that comment is reserved until the facts are established.

“If anyone has any further information they should please email supporterservices@tottenhamhotspur.com or text 07537 404821.

“In respect of protocols – when the incident was conveyed to the referee Anthony Taylor, he took the decision to call for the implementation of Stage 1 of the UEFA protocol – rather than the Premier League protocol – and asked for an announcement to be made, as well as requesting a further announcement which created a misconception that any issue was on-going. The Premier League protocol differs from UEFA protocol in that it does not call for an announcement rather that the individual(s) be dealt with by the Safety Team in the first instance.

“We have asked that the Premier League clarifies the position regarding the use of these protocols to all stakeholders going forward.”

A separate incident from the game has seen a Chelsea supporter arrested for allegedly racially abusing Tottenham forward Heung-Min Son during Sunday’s London derby.


After finding out that Tottenham’s investigation into alleged racist abuse of Antonio Rudiger is so far ‘inconclusive’, fans replied their thoughts to the club’s tweet with some suggesting Rudiger’s claims might have been false – see what they said on the next page.


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