Antonio Rüdiger has demanded consequences after the racist hostility against him and thanked the great support of fans and officials.
“It is a disgrace that racism still exists in 2019,” the Chelsea defender wrote on Twitter. Earlier, he had been insulted by Spurs fans during the 2-0 win at Tottenham Hotspur in London.
He will seek the confrontation and not hide, the dark-skinned Rüdiger wrote: “It is important to talk about it in public, otherwise it will be forgotten again in a few days.” At the same time, he said he did not want to “bring Tottenham as an entire club into the matter,” “I know only a few idiots were responsible.”
Antonio Rüdiger: “When does this nonsense finally stop?”
Rüdiger stressed that he had received a lot of encouragement and news – including from Spurs fans. He expressed his gratitude for this, but also called for the identification of those responsible. “There are a lot of TV and surveillance cameras in such a large and modern stadium,” the 26-year-old said. And if these recordings don’t help, “then there must have been witnesses who saw and heard the incident. When does this nonsense finally stop?”.
The Blues defender had complained to his captain Cesar Azpilicueta midway through the second half about racist chants from Spurs supporters. The Spaniard then notified referee Anthony Taylor, who finally issued a warning to Tottenham fans via the stadium spokesman.
Jose Mourinho and Frank Lampard back Rüdiger
Immediately after the whistle, the two team managers had clearly positioned themselves against xenophobia. “I hate racism in society and in football. I’m disappointed that things like this can happen,” Tottenham’s Jose Mourinho said. Chelsea’s Frank Lampard added: “It has to be tackled with all their strength, no matter what stadium.”
Tottenham announced an investigation into the incidents and harsh sanctions for the perpetrators. “Any form of racism is completely unacceptable and will not be tolerated,” the club said in a statement.