Rudiger racism incident: why has it all gone quiet?

Tottenham Supporters' Trust: 'Too many people have rushed to judgement before being sure of the facts'

INCIDENT: Anthony Rudiger during the match against Spurs

THE TOTTENHAM Supporters’ Trust (TST) has called on the club and the Met Police to clarify what has been established by the investigation over alleged racist abuse directed at Chelsea defender Antonio Rudiger.

The Chelsea player was allegedly subject to indicated to the referee that he had faced racist abuse. He imitated a monkey gesture, and it led to announcements in the stadium that racist behaviour was interfering with the game.

The TST said in a statement on Friday: “It’s now 12 days since allegations that Antonio Rudiger was racially abused by the home crowd at the Premier League game between Spurs and Chelsea on Sunday 22 December.

“In the interests of all concerned, there now needs to be a clear statement on what has been established by the investigation THFC announced immediately after the game.

“Either there was racist abuse, or there wasn’t. If racist abuse occurred, the perpetrators must be punished. If none occurred, the reputation of Tottenham Hotspur fans must be cleared.

“We understand the need for any investigation to be conducted properly. We acknowledge that the number of working days over the Christmas and New Year period presented a challenge. And we have been mindful of the need to refrain from comment while the investigation was in progress. Too many people have rushed to judgement before being sure of the facts.”

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