Chelsea defender Antonio Rudidger reported alleged racist abuse during the Blues’ 2-0 win over Tottenham. The former Roma man went down after Son Heung-min planted his studs into his star’s chest in the second half.
A VAR review decided that the Spurs man would receive his marching orders, which resulted in an angry reaction from the home crowd.
In the following moments, Rudiger mimicked monkey gestures and pointed to his right ear, hinting that is what he’d heard from Tottenham supporters.
Rudiger made his captain Cesar Azpilicueta aware of what he’d heard and the Chelsea skipper then told referee Anthony Taylor.
Taylor then made his way to the touchline where he informed both managers and the fourth official of what had happened.
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Rudiger was also booed by the home supporters whenever he received the ball, for his part in Son’s sending off.
Tempers flared again later in the half when he brought down Davinson Sanchez and received a yellow card.
This is the latest incident to leave a stain on English football in what has been a difficult few months in the quest to kick racism out the game.
The England national team were taken off the field temporarily after Tyrone Mings reported monkey chants in a Euro 2020 qualifier in Bulgaria.
A man was then arrested over allegations of racist abuse against Manchester United players in the derby against Manchester City at the Etihad Stadium on December 7.