"I really hope that the offenders will be found and punished soon, and in such a modern football ground like the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium with dozens of TV and security cameras, it must be possible to find and subsequently punish them. If not, then there must have been witnesses in the stadium who saw and heard the incident. It's just such a shame that racism still exists in 2019. When will this nonsense stop?"
Chelsea captain Cesar Azpilicueta said Rudiger had reported hearing “monkey noises” from the crowd during his team’s 2-0 win which led to a delay as referee Anthony Taylor intervened.
三级成人视频Spurs responded swiftly with a statement of their own and said they will “liaise with Chelsea and their players for their observations”. The club added: “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.”
Spurs banned a supporter last season for throwing a banana at Arsenal’s Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and there have been a shocking number of racist incidents in football with, earlier this month, a Manchester City fan arrested after allegedly aiming monkey chants at Manchester United’s Fred. Piara Power, the executive director of Fare network, which works against discrimination, recently said there was a “contagion” in football.
Taylor was the referee for both the Manchester derby and this game which he halted in the second-half after Azpilicueta spoke to him about what Rudiger had reported which followed Spurs’ Heung-Min Son being sent off for kicking out at the Chelsea defender. Taylor also spoke to Spurs captain Harry Kane before coming over to the touchline to consult with fourth official Andre Marriner and explain the situation to the managers, Jose Mourinho and Frank Lampard.
“My understanding is that there was a racist comment or gesture,” Lampard later said. “I know Antonio reported it to Cesar out on the pitch. They are now talking to the officials and going through the right procedure. No matter what stadium it is in, we do not want that in the game.
“All I know is that Rudiger said he heard racist chanting, comments. I have not had an individual conversation with Tony, I have only addressed the group. Of course I will support Tony as we would support all of our players. It needs to be dealt with.” Asked whether racist abuse was getting worse, the Chelsea manager said: “I don’t know….but we are much more aware of there being a protocol which is obviously a positive step. In a perfect world you’d wish that was not needed. If it is true, it is fact, it happened, it needs to dealt with and the punishment needs to be strong.”
There may come a time when players walk off – as England threatened to do so in the Euro 2020 qualifier away to Bulgaria – with Lampard adding: “In terms of walking off the pitch that has to feel right in the moment and until that moment comes I’m not going to guess. It would depend on what the players are saying, what they are feeling and I’d be absolutely 100 per cent behind them. I’m sure it would be a group decision but we are not there yet so it’s hypothetical to a degree.”
三级成人视频Azpilicueta explained that the players had been spoken to as to what action to take, adding: “We are told to report if any incident happens. In the game after the red card it happened. Tony came to me and said he was listening in the crowd monkey noises. I reported it to the referee…We are very concerned and aware of this behaviour. Altogether we need to make it stop. I hope everything gets clear and we eradicate it as soon as possible. It‘s an issue not just in football but in life."
Mourinho said he had not seen anything because he was too far away but added: “I saw the referee follow the protocol, he came to Andre Marriner, he came to me and Frank Lampard and told us what was happening. The protocol was followed and we are one of the clubs…every club is together on this situation and of course we are disappointed."
M三级成人视频ourinho continued: “I hate racism in society; I hate racism in football. I’m disappointed that still can happen. The referee stopped the game, spoke to the players, spoke to the captains, spoke to the coaches. I was losing, I didn’t want the game stopped but I understand why it was stopped.”
The Spurs manager complained about Son’s red card. “The Son situation was handled badly,” he said. “The ref has to book Rudiger and the reaction from Son is not an aggression. Does Rudiger have broken ribs going to the hospital? Other people call it intelligent by Rudiger…In some countries like mine we used to say clever player. In this country and this is why I fell in love with football here in 2004 they call it something else.”