Chelsea, Tottenham react to racist incident
Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur have reacted to the alleged racist abuse of Antonio Rudiger.
Chelsea captain Cesar Azpilicueta told our partners in the UK Sky Sports that Rudiger came to him and reported racist chants in the second half of Chelsea’s 2-0 win at London rivals Tottenham Hotspur on Sunday.
“It is made very clear to us all that if we have heard any racist incident to report it. Tony came to me and told me he was listening to racist songs towards him so I reported it to the referee,” Azpilicueta said. “We are very concerned and aware of this behavior. Altogether we need to make it stop. I hope everything gets clear and we eradicate it as soon as possible. It‘s an issue not just in football but in life.”
"We start a new decade in a few days, and the old stain of racism in football continues to come with us".— NBC Sports Soccer (@NBCSportsSoccer) December 22, 2019
Rebecca Lowe and Robbie Earle and Robbie Mustoe have an honest discussion about racism after the Spurs Chelsea match. pic.twitter.com/KVV8ajnA4C
Spurs boss Jose, also speaking to Sky Sports, had the following to say about the incident.
“I saw nothing, I saw the referee follow the protocol, he came to Andre Marriner (fourth official), he came to me and Frank Lampard and told us what was happening. The protocol was followed and we are one of the clubs...every club is together on this situation and of course we are disappointed,” Mourinho said.
Tottenham’s manager then told the BBC’s Match of the Day that: “Tottenham are a very proud club and we will deal internally with that.”
Spurs defender Toby Alderweireld hit out at the individuals involved and said some of the players weren’t aware of the incident until after the game.
“I did not know on the pitch was was happening but obviously after the game we heard more about it. It does not belong in football, I hope they find the individuals quickly because it is not good and we are all sick of it,” Alderweireld said.