Tottenham endured a day of shame against Chelsea on Sunday, with the north London club involved in a series of unsavoury incidents.
Tottenham’s day of shame: Chelsea’s Antonio Rudiger allegedly racially abused with fans warned three times over behaviour before a bottle is thrown at Kepa Arrizabalaga and Gary Neville insists Premier League and FA must ‘get a grip on our game’
Chelsea won 2-0 at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, with Willian scoring both goals, but the game was overshadowed by several flashpoints. In the most significant incident, Chelsea defender Antonio Rudiger appeared to suggest that he was racially abused by Tottenham fans.
After the game, a statement posted on Tottenham’s official website read: ‘We are now conducting a thorough investigation which will include liaising with Chelsea and their players for their observations.
‘Any form of racism is completely unacceptable and will not be tolerated in our stadium. ‘We take any such allegations extremely seriously and shall take the strongest possible action against any individual found to be behaving in such a way, including stadium bans.’
Anti-racism organisation Kick it Out later released a statement on Twitter. It read: ‘We are aware of the alleged racist incidents at today’s game between Tottenham Hotspur and Chelsea.
‘We applaud the reaction of referee Anthony Taylor in following step one of the protocol and the ensuing steps taken by Tottenham Hotspur in repeating the stadium announcements. ‘We have offered our support to both of the clubs and also to Chelsea’s Antonio Rudiger.’
Chief executive of Show Racism the Red Card, Ged Grebby, hit out at the ‘disgraceful’ incident at Tottenham and called for a swift response. ‘Racism is a massive problem in society and it’s coming back into football, but in terms of what happened, I think the protocol worked well and now we need to identify who these people were,’ Grebby said on Sky Sports News.
‘We have cameras in the ground. We need to identify was it one person, was it a group of people? We need more information about what happened. ‘I have no doubt given the player’s reaction and how animated he was and mocking the gesture himself, that it happened.
We need to make sure the fan or group of fans because it looked like it was a group, whoever it was we find out who they are and action is taken against them. ‘If we are to stop racism within football and within society, we need to make sure it is clamped down when we get incidents like this.’
Furthermore, Chelsea goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga had a bottle thrown at him by Spurs fans, while Son Heung-min was sent off for raising his boot in a clash with Rudiger.
Rudiger made the accusations of racism shortly after Son’s dismissal.
While speaking to Chelsea captain Cesar Azpilicueta, Rudiger made a monkey gesture to give an indication of the abuse that he seemingly claimed he received from Tottenham fans.