The Tottenham Hotspur Supporters’ Trust (THST) have urged the club for clarity over the investigation into the alleged racist abuse of Antonio Rudiger.
Play was stopped during Chelsea’s win at Spurs on before Christmas after the German international said he heard monkey noises from the home support (The Sun).
Chelsea captain Cesar Azpilicueta told referee Anthony Taylor of Rudiger’s complaint during the second half of the match at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.
Spurs have reviewed hours worth of CCTV footage from the match and also utilised the services of lip readers to take a closer look at the recordings but no further update has been released from the one which the club released on December 23rd.
The THST have called for a statement to be released to confirm what has been established to date to either clear the reputation of Tottenham Hotspur supporters or to ensure that justice is done if there was an incident of racism.
A statement which was on the official THST site yesterday read: “It’s now 12 days since allegations that Antonio Rüdiger was racially abused by the home crowd at the Premier League game between Spurs and Chelsea on Sunday 22 December. In the interests of all concerned, there now needs to be a clear statement on what has been established by the investigation THFC announced immediately after the game.
“Either there was racist abuse, or there wasn’t. If racist abuse occurred, the perpetrators must be punished. If none occurred, the reputation of Tottenham Hotspur fans must be cleared.
“We understand the need for any investigation to be conducted properly. We acknowledge that the number of working days over the Christmas and New Year period presented a challenge. And we have been mindful of the need to refrain from comment while the investigation was in progress. Too many people have rushed to judgement before being sure of the facts.
“But the lack of any update from either the Club or the Police after the initial Club statement on 23 December, other than a brief reference to the investigation being ongoing on 24 December, is leading to increasing levels of speculation and conjecture. The time has come for the facts as they are known to be laid out.
“We have continuously urged for a swift conclusion throughout the festive period and now publicly call upon THFC and the Metropolitan Police to clarify as a matter of urgency what facts have been established, and what still remains to investigate.”
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