• Chelsea make statement as Tottenham end investigation over alleged Antonio Rudiger abuse
  • Chelsea make statement as Tottenham end investigation over alleged Antonio Rudiger abuse

    Chelsea have made a statement on the alleged racist abuse of defender Antonio Rudiger, after Tottenham confirmed that they and the Metropolitan Police had closed their respective investigations over a lack of evidence.

    Chelsea have backed Antonio Rudiger once again, after he was allegedly subjected to racist abuse during the Blues’ Premier League win against Tottenham last month. Their statement came after Tottenham announced their and the police's investigations had been closed following “extensive” analysis, which couldn’t find any evidence of abuse.
    Chelsea, as Tottenham had done earlier, reminded fans that a lack of evidence doesn’t necessarily mean that the incident never took place.
    The club urged players to continue reporting alleged abuse, if they hear or see any incidents.
    Chelsea defender Rudiger was allegedly the subject of monkey chants in the second-half of the match.
    The Germany international immediately reported the chants to his club captain, Cesar Azpilicueta. Azpilicueta relayed the claims to referee Anthony Taylor, who subsequently paused the match before an announcement was made to fans.
    We support Toni Rudiger totally and unequivocally on this matter,” said a Chelsea statement.
    “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 to report racist abuse without fear of doubt or reprisal.”
    The statement came after Tottenham confirmed that the Metropolitan Police had closed the crime report.
    Spurs carried out extensive reviews of CCTV footage, as well as working with lip readers, said the club.
    But, they still couldn’t find any evidence to supporter the allegation of racial abuse.
    Tottenham supports Rudiger for his action during the tie, and the club insisted that it’s proud of its anti-racism work.
    “The Club and the Metropolitan Police have now exhausted all avenues of investigation following the reported incident at our home fixture against Chelsea on 22 December,” said a Tottenham statement.
    “We carried out extensive reviews of CCTV images and footage, working with professional lip readers. All materials and reports have now also been reviewed by the police who have carried out their own investigation.
    “The police have notified us today that, having reviewed and investigated, they have closed the crime report as they can find no evidence to support the allegation of racial abuse.
    We fully support Antonio Rudiger with the action that he took - however there is no evidence to corroborate or contradict the allegation and as such neither ourselves nor the police are in a position to take any further action.
    “We are fiercely proud of our anti-racism work and our zero tolerance of any form of discrimination. 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 fan base.
    “If any new information comes to light, this will be fully investigated.”

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