Chelsea defender Antonio Rudiger has spoken out publicly after suffering racist abuse during their win over Tottenham Hotspurs on Sunday.
The German international was seen around the 63rd minute indicating that he had faced racist abuse, imitating a monkey gesture.
In a series of tweets on Sunday after the match, Rudiger asked when will the nonsense stop.
“It is really sad to see racism again at a football match, but I think it’s very important to talk about it in public. If not, it will be forgotten again in a couple of days (as always)” Rudiger tweeted.
“I don’t want to involve Tottenham as an entire club into this situation as I know that just a couple of idiots were the offenders. I got a lot of supportive messages on social media from Spurs fans as well in the last hours – thank you a lot for this”
Meanwhile, the Professional Footballers’ Association in England has called for a government enquiry into racism and the rise in hate crime within football and immediate and urgent action.
The incident comes a year after racism in football hit the headlines after Manchester City striker Raheem Sterling was subjected to racist abuse at Stamford Bridge in December 2018.
Serie A’s ‘No To Racism’ campaign – which arrived off the back of a number of racist incidents in Italy – has been widely condemned after they commissioned posters showing three monkeys with painted faces.
By Ofhani Munyai