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VIDEO: Antonio Rudiger allegedly racially abused in Tottenham v Chelsea match

Antonio Rudiger was allegedly racially abused in Tottenham v Chelsea match with referee Anthony Taylor reporting the incident midway through the second half.

The player could be seen saying to the referee that he could hear monkey noises made at him, which then led to Taylor informing both managers Frank Lampard and Jose Mourinho what happened.

A stadium announcement could be heard saying “racist behaviour among spectators is interfering with the game”.

Tottenham said in a statement: “We are now conducting a thorough investigation which will include liaising with Chelsea and their players for their observations.

“Any form of racism is completely unacceptable and will not be tolerated in our stadium. We take any such allegations extremely seriously and shall take the strongest possible action against any individual found to be behaving in such a way, including stadium bans.”

Frank Lampard his his say on what happened.

Chelsea captain Azpilicueta told Sky Sports: “You know it is very clear every time we have meetings with the Premier League and the referees. Before the game, we have been told to report if any incidents of racism happen straight away to the referee.

“Antonio came to me and told me that he had listened to racist songs towards him so I just reported it to the referee immediately.

“I left it to the ref to do his job. We are very concerned and aware of this behaviour, altogether we have to stop it.

“(I don’t know if other players heard) because we went straight to play and then the incident with Son and his red card was towards this area, where it happened.

“I hope everything becomes clear and we eradicate it as soon as possible. It’s an issue in not only football but life – we need to work together towards eradication.”

Spurs boss Jose Mourinho added: “I saw nothing. I saw the referee following the protocol, I saw the referee speaking with (fourth official Andre) Marriner, I saw the referee coming to me and to Lampard and tell us what was going on, and the protocol was followed.

“Every club is together on this situation and of course we are disappointed.”

Two goals from Willian made sure Chelsea got all three points, they sit 4th in the Premier League table with Spurs remaining 7th.


Fans voiced their disgust at the alleged racist incident with Chelsea’s Antonio Rudiger – find out what they wrote on the next page.


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