• News

Spurs could be in hot water over alleged racial abuse

Tottenham racism claim
Getty Images
Advertisement

Tottenham Hotspur could find themselves in hot water after alleged racial abuse by their fans aimed at Chelsea’s Antonio Rudiger.

There could be more problems for Tottenham beyond the 2-0 loss to Chelsea today.

Referee Anthony Taylor was resuming play following the sending off Heung min Son of Spurs.

When Chelsea captain Azpilicueta informed him of possible racial abuse.

Taylor followed FIFA protocol and went about asking for an announcement.

Spurs duly obliged.

The announcement said:

“Please remember that racism has no place in football.”

The official had to request the procedure be repeated two more times.

The next step would have been to abandon or suspend the game.

Azpilicueta confirmed the incident to Sky Sports after the game.

He said:

“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 behavior, altogether we have to stop it.”

Spurs have since issued the following statement on the club website, tottenhamhotspur.com:

“Any form of racism is completely unacceptable and will not be tolerated in our stadium.”

“We take any such allegations extremely seriously.”

“We shall take the strongest possible action against any individual found to be behaving in such a way, including stadium bans.”