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Antonio Rudiger: Football chiefs 'need to do more' on racism

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CHELSEA DEFENDER Antonio Rudiger has said football chiefs should introduce firmer punishments on those found guilty of racist abuse.

Rudiger had "monkey chants" directed at him by Roma fans in Chelsea's 3-3 Champions League draw last year and also faced racist chants from Lazio fans while playing for Roma in March 2017.

Speaking to Chelsea Foundation's equality and diversity workshop, Rudiger said: "They need to do more, if they don't do more they're the same as the people doing it.

"Maybe sometimes they think it's hard to punish their fans but at the end of the day, to me, it's a clear sign that you're accepting it."

The German International also spoke of his experience in Italy, where he also faced racial abuse on the pitch.

"I dealt with that in my own way by keeping quiet and respecting Italian culture," he said.

"I can never say that I did wrong or misbehaved, that's what's important for me and that's how I carried on. Just because some idiots say things, I don't need to involve the whole of Italy in that, I like Italy and had a great time there but some people need to get punished harder."

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