The spectre of racism reared its ugly head in English football after a Chelsea supporter was arrested for allegedly racially abusing Tottenham Hotspur’s Son Heung-min. The development saw the racism crisis take on a new twist.
Indeed, the incident occurred on Sunday during the Premier League match between Tottenham Hotspur and Chelsea. In fact, the game had to be paused because a monkey chant was aimed at Chelsea’s Antonio Rüdiger. The chant was allegedly by members of the home crowd.
Anthony Taylor, the referee, stopped play after Rüdiger claimed he had heard racist taunts. This was during the second half of Chelsea’s deserved victory over Spurs. Thereafter, an announcement on the public address system informed the crowd at the Tottenham stadium that; “racist behaviour from spectators is interfering with the game”. Further, the announcement was made on two further occasions, in line with Premier League protocols.
Meanwhile, Tottenham have vowed to take the “strongest possible action” against anyone found guilty of abusing Rüdiger. The Chelsea defender is reportedly understood to have been left angry following the latest example of the racism blighting the game.
Met Police investigating alleged racism incidents
The alleged abuse occurred shortly after he had been involved in the incident that led to Son being sent off.
Meanwhile, the Metropolitan police are investigating the alleged racist chants. Also, it also confirmed that a supporter was ejected from the ground. The supporter was also arrested after committing a racially aggravated public order offence. It is understood the supporter targeted Son, who did not hear any insults aimed at him.
Nevertheless, the incident was reported to the authorities by other Chelsea fans.
Additionally, Tottenham added that they are “exhaustively investigating” the allegations made by Rüdiger. Further, the club has promised to impose life bans on anyone found guilty. “We have engaged lip readers to study the footage and contacted Chelsea for further information from their players,” read a statement.