Tottenham found no evidence of racist abuse against Chelsea’s Antonio Rudiger

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Tottenham says they’ve found no evidence their fans racially abused Antonio Rudiger when the sides met last month. The match was stopped after Rudiger complained he heard monkey noises.

Chelsea said: “We support Toni Rudiger totally and unequivocally on this matter, and as Tottenham’s statement makes clear, a lack of evidence does not mean an incident did not take place.

“In responding to this incident, we must be very careful about the climate we create for players who experience and report racist behaviour.

“It is vitally important that we continue to encourage all players, whatever shirt they wear, to report racist abuse without fear of doubt or reprisal.”

The Police made a total of six arrests during the fixture but none are connected to the incident.

“We are fiercely proud of our anti-racism work and our zero tolerance of any form of discrimination,” the club said. “This is one reason why we have attributed so much time and resource to investigating this matter.

“Had we identified anyone guilty of this we were intent on issuing them with a lifetime ban from our stadium as they would have no place among our proud, diverse fanbase.

“If any new information comes to light, this will be fully investigated.”

They said the police had notified them that “they have closed the crime report as they can find no evidence to support the allegation of racial abuse”.

 

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