Tottenham Hotspur have released a statement following a report of an alleged incident of racism during the defeat to Chelsea.
Referee Anthony Taylor stopped play in the second half after an object was thrown on to the pitch from within the home support at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium and he was approached by defender Antonio Rudiger.
The German defender reported alleged racist abuse from within the home support in the 63rd minute indicating he had faced racist abuse, imitating a monkey gesture to the referee (Guardian).
Chelsea captain Cesar Azpilicueta also revealed that he reported the incident to the officials after speaking to his team-mate (Sky Sports).
An announcement went out over the speakers around the North London stadium reminding those in attendance that racism has no place in football.
Spurs released a statement on their official website promising to take the strongest action if any individual is found guilty of such abhorrent behaviour.
The statement read: “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.”
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