Tottenham conclude 'no evidence' of racist abuse toward Chelsea's Rudiger

The incident was alleged to have taken place during Spurs' 2-0 defeat to Chelsea in December. (Photo by Daniel LEAL-OLIVAS / AFP) (Photo credit should read DANIEL LEAL-OLIVAS/AFP via Getty Images)
The incident was alleged to have taken place during Spurs' 2-0 defeat to Chelsea in December. (Photo by Daniel LEAL-OLIVAS / AFP) (Photo credit should read DANIEL LEAL-OLIVAS/AFP via Getty Images)

Tottenham Hotspur have said there is ‘no evidence’ to support any allegations of racism from their supporters during their match against Chelsea towards Blues defender Antonio Rudiger.

German centre-half Rudiger had reported being the victim of monkey chanting during his side’s 2-0 victory at the home of their London rivals in December.

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The club and police had launched an enquiry into the incident but after reviewing video footage from inside the Tottenham Hotspur stadium from the game, no fan was identified as having committed the alleged act.

statement on the Spurs website read: “The Club and the Metropolitan Police have now exhausted all avenues of investigation following the reported incident at our home fixture against Chelsea on 22 December.

“We carried out extensive reviews of CCTV images and footage, working with professional lip readers. All materials and reports have now also been reviewed by the police who have carried out their own investigation.

“The police have notified us today that, having reviewed and investigated, they have closed the crime report as they can find no evidence to support the allegation of racial abuse.

“If any new information comes to light, this will be fully investigated.”

Rudiger made the claim after being involved in an incident that saw Spurs forward Son Heung-min red carded.

The Chelsea player was jeered and booed by home supporters after his reaction to being kicked saw referee Anthony Taylor dismiss the South Korean star following intervention from VAR.

Play was stopped as announcements were made over the public address system warning fans about racist chanting.

As well as the investigation into the behaviour of Spurs fans, the Metropolitan Police did confirm at the time that a Chelsea fan was ejected and arrested after committing a racially aggravated public order offence against Son.

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