Blues defender Antonio R’diger of Chelsea expressed deep disappointment at the renewed racist incidents during Saturday’s 2-1 Premier League match against Tottenham Hotspur when the Blues defender was booed. “Racism has won! This shows that these people have won because they can return to the stadium,” said the ex-Stuttgarter in the Sky-Sport-Interview after the game.
It doesn’t need to be him, it can be anyone else: “They are not punished, and at the end of the day I’m the bogeyman.” He will not resign, but feels left alone: “It’s not that I give up or raise my voice. I will always speak, but I am alone in that regard.
He had become a father on Thursday, but this fact reminds him of recent events: “It’s a disaster. I had a child on Thursday. You think so. As far as society is concerned today, my child will most likely suffer at the end of the day. If action is not taken, if young children do not receive a good education, a good education, and if we do not have a good home education, then we have lost. That’s how you have to be honest.
Antonio R’diger: “Everyone should look at their own home”
It does not allow accusations that enough is being done in other countries to combat racism: “Everyone should look at their own home, because when I was racially insulted in Italy, I always heard that in Italy is normal. Everyone should start at home, and then you should talk about the others. No country has anything under control.
The team’s 89th-minute goal against Tottenham, which scored an unfortunate goal, feels sustained, but that is not enough. “The support is there, but the words and words are different,” said the 26-year-old, “everyone can say at the end: I’m sorry! But only those who share the same fate as me can understand it. Whether I’m doing an Instagram or Twitter post, what’s the point? His head is still broken and so is mine. At the end of the day, you are alone.
He also commented on the racist terrorist attacks in Hanau, which killed a total of 11 people: “For me, this is the end product! First Torunarigha, then Kwadwo, then there are dead people. German professional football has recently been caught up in racist attacks on dark-skinned players (Herthas Jordan Torunarigha and Leroy Kwadwo of the Wurzburg Kickers).