The Premier League have released a statement following alleged racism at Tottenham’s clash with Chelsea. Blues star Antonio Rudiger was the victim of alleged racial abuse in north London. The Met Police have also confirmed a supporter was arrested for racially abusing Spurs star Son Heung-min.
And the Premier League insist supporters who are found to have racially abused either player will be punished.
A statement read: “The Premier League and our clubs will not tolerate discrimination in any form.
“If people are found to have racially abused Chelsea’s Antonio Rudiger or Tottenham Hotspur’s Son Heung-min, they deserve to be punished.
“We will support Tottenham Hotspur FC and Chelsea FC in their pursuit of any perpetrators and call for appropriate action to be taken by the authorities and the clubs.
“We appreciate the millions of supporters who help create a positive Premier League matchday atmosphere and have made it clear that racist conduct or language is unacceptable.
“The Premier League uses a protocol specifically designed to support players, managers and match officials who believe they are being subjected to discriminatory abuse during a match.
“This protocol is intended to ensure that abuse is stopped and offenders dealt with efficiently by clubs and police.”
Tottenham confirmed they would investigate the situation soon after the final whistle and released a follow-up statement on Monday evening.
“We are able to track every fan via the cameras and have spent many hours reviewing CCTV footage,” it read.
“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.”