Chelsea back defender over alleged racist incident at Tottenham

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Dom Le Roy

Both Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur have come out in full support of Antonio Rudiger after it was revealed that the probe into the alleged racist incident involving the defender has come to a conclusion without anyone being charged.

The 26-year-old reported hearing monkey chants in the second half of the London derby between Spurs and Chelsea at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium last month. It, in turn, led to the game being halted for a short interval and announcements being made over the public address system.

Tottenham released an official statement on Monday confirming that the police had ended the investigation after they exhausted all possible avenues of search. Despite not being able to find any evidence of the alleged racist chants, the club backed Rudiger’s action in reporting the incident.

Now Chelsea have also released a statement supporting their defender’s decision to report what he considered to be racist chants.

According to Football.London, a Chelsea spokesman said: “We support Toni Rudiger totally and unequivocally on this matter and, as Tottenham’s statement makes clear, a lack of evidence does not mean an incident did not take place.

“In responding to this incident, we must be very careful about the climate we create for players who experience and report racist behaviour. It is vitally important that we continue to encourage all players to report racist abuse without fear of doubt or reprisal.”

Spurs Web Opinion

There are a few idiots on social media actually suggesting that Rudiger lied about hearing the chants. That’s a ridiculous assertion as just because evidence hasn’t been found doesn’t mean there weren’t any racist chants. There is also the possibility that the German international might have misheard something.

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