National player Antonio Rüdiger has been the victim of racist insults. The Blues defender complained to his captain Cesar Azpilicueta about racist chants from Spurs supporters midway through the second half during Chelsea’s 2-0 win at Tottenham Hotspur. The Spaniard then notified referee Anthony Taylor.
“Tony came to me and told me he heard racist songs against him,” Azpilicueta said: “So I reported it to the referee. We are very concerned and completely dissociated ourselves from such behaviour. All of them must work together to ensure that this kind of thing stops. It’s not just a problem in football, it’s also a problem in everyday life.’
Taylor finally issued a warning to Tottenham fans via the stadium spokesman. The game continued after a short interruption. Rüdiger had briefly imitated a monkey in response to the chants.
The interior defender had only announced a strict response to racism a month ago. Then he was “the first to go out. I do! I’m not afraid of the consequences,” the 26-year-old interior defender told the Bild am Sonntag:These are things that cannot be tolerated. I’m a human being like everyone else, just with a few more pigments.”