Tottenham have issued a statement promising that anyone found guilty of racial abuse at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium will be banned for life, and saying they’re ‘exhaustively investigating’ potential abuse of Antonio Rudiger in Sunday’s game against Chelsea.
The Germany international complained that he was subjected to racist abuse and gestures after an incident in which Heung-min Son was sent off. Referee Anthony Taylor directed the stadium announcer to make a statement over the tannoy at the ground, and the game was allowed to continue.
The incident was condemned by players from both teams, as well as pundits on television and radio.
Metropolitan Police also confirmed that a Chelsea fan had been ejected from the stadium on Sunday after committing a racially aggravated public order offence.
Spurs' South Korea winger Heung-Min Son, who did not hear the alleged abuse, is understood to have been the target, with Chelsea supporters reporting the individual to stadium authorities.
Totttenham’s statement today details the steps they have taken to compile evidence to share with the police, but stresses that the investigation is ongoing.
“During yesterday’s match against Chelsea, Antonio Rudiger reported hearing alleged racist abuse from an individual(s) in the South Stand,” it reads.
“We are able to track every fan via the cameras and have spent many hours reviewing CCTV footage.
“We have engaged lip readers to study the footage and contacted Chelsea for further information from their players. We have also taken statements from other parties present at the time.
“The police will be reviewing our evidence alongside us. Please be assured we shall be exhaustively investigating this matter.
“This Club has a proud track record of anti-racism work across all our communities and we are determined to ensure that we conduct a thorough investigation.
“Any fan found to be guilty will receive a lifetime ban.
“At this time however we should point out that our findings are inconclusive and would ask that comment is reserved until the facts are established.