Sunday, December 22, 2019

Abraham: Rudiger overcame racist abuse

Tammy Abraham has praised his team-mate Antonio Rudiger for getting on with his match after he was allegedly racially abused by a Tottenham supporter in Chelsea's 2-0 away win.

Rudiger was caught on the television cameras gesturing to suggest that he had heard monkey chants from a fan in the home end shortly after Son Hueng-min was sent off for a foul on the Blues defender in the second half.

The Germany international then spoke to Chelsea captain Azpilicueta who informed referee Anthony Taylor of the incident.

FIFA's protocol against racism was then implemented which led to several announcements over the club's speakers warning against incidents of 'racist behaviour among spectators is interfering with the game'.

Abraham, who himself has suffered racial abuse this season after he missed a penalty against Liverpool in the Super Cup in August, praised Rudiger for quickly putting it out of his mind.

"No he hasn’t [spoken to me about it]," Abraham told reporters at the Tottenham Hotspur stadium. "I was on the other side of the pitch when it happened but I was aware of what happened. It didn’t affect his performance.

"He is a strong character. It goes to show he is a fantastic player and he overcame it."

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