Racism rears its ugly head in the Premier League again
Antonio Rudiger said “no to racism” and asked the culprits to “get some basic education” as Chelsea won 2-0 at Tottenham. Frank Lampard’s Chelsea gave a brilliant display against Jose Mourinho’s Spurs, who lost only for the second time against his former club. Before the United game, Mourinho had a clear record of winning against the teams he had managed previously, but a Willian master-class left Tottenham with no points.
After Rudiger’s involvement in an incident with Son Heung-Min being sent-off during the second half, the German center back told the officials that he had been targeted by racist chants from the stands.
Since then till the end of the game, an announcement was made through the public address system at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium which said,” Racist behavior from spectators is interfering with the game.”
The Blues head coach and the club captain, Cesar Azpilicueta complained to the Premier League officials with the former Roma star also tweeting regarding the incident. Spurs head coach and former United boss Mourinho when asked his thoughts after the match said,” I don’t have much to say other than it’s something that saddens me. I hate racism in society, I hate racism in football.
After the Manchester Derby on December 7, which also experienced racism as a Manchester City fan appeared to direct a monkey gesture towards Fred and Jesse Lingard, Tottenham versus Chelsea was the second high-profile fixture which was seen affected by instances this month.
Manchester Police arrested a 41-year-old man on suspicion of a racially aggravated public order offense after the incident. Even Spurs pledged to take strict actions against the racism happening at the stadium and made it clear that they will impose bans against the spectators found guilty of such nonsensical behavior.
Objects were also thrown at the Chelsea players and a total of three announcements were made to stop the pathetic behavior by the fans.
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