Chelsea say that they unequivocally back Antonio Rudiger after the Metropolitan Police confirmed earlier today that an investigation into alleged racist abuse of the centre back had been closed without anyone being charged.
The Germany international made a complaint in the second half of last month’s Premier League away to Tottenam that he had heard monkey noises from the stands, leading to the game being paused and an announcement being made over the public address system.
An investigation was opened by the police but having “now exhausted all avenues of investigation” they have stopped looking into the matter.
In response, a Chelsea spokesman said:”We support Toni Rudiger totally and unequivocally on this matter and, as Tottenham’s statement makes clear, a lack of evidence does not mean an incident did not take place.
“In responding to this incident, we must be very careful about the climate we create for players who experience and report racist behaviour. It is vitally important that we continue to encourage all players to report racist abuse without fear of doubt or reprisal.”
There have been a number of racist incidents in the Premier League this season. A Chelsea fan was ejected for abusing Son Heung-min in the same game in which Rudiger said that he had heard monkey noises, while a Brighton fan was arrested for abusing Chelsea players on New Year’s Day.
A West Ham supporter was charged with abusing Crystal Palace players in October and sent on an education course, while Haringey Borough players walked off having been abused by Yeovil Town fans in an FA Cup qualifier.
On Saturday football.london detailed that the Metropolitan Police had refused a Freedom of Information request regarding the number of reports of racist abuse were made inside the capital’s stadiums last season. The force cited cost reasons.