Tottenham have confirmed the Metropolitan Police have closed their investigation into alleged racial abuse aimed at Antonio Rudiger in their game against Chelsea last month.
Germany defender Rudiger reported being the subject of monkey chants during the highly-charged local derby with Spurs, leading to an announcement being made to the stadium.
But investigations into the incident have proved inconclusive and failed to identify any perpetrators after use of CCTV footage and lip-readers.
A Tottenham club statement read : “The Club and the Metropolitan Police have now exhausted all avenues of investigation following the reported incident at our home fixture against Chelsea on 22 December.
“We carried out extensive reviews of CCTV images and footage, working with professional lip readers. All materials and reports have now also been reviewed by the police who have carried out their own investigation.
Investigations into alleged racial abuse of Antonio Rudiger at Tottenham have been closed
“The police have notified us today that, having reviewed and investigated, they have closed the crime report as they can find no evidence to support the allegation of racial abuse.
“We fully support Antonio Rudiger with the action that he took – however there is no evidence to corroborate or contradict the allegation and as such neither ourselves nor the police are in a position to take any further action.
Rudiger highlighted he had heard monkey chants, prompting referee Anthony Taylor to stop the game
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“We are fiercely proud of our anti-racism work and our zero tolerance of any form of discrimination. This is one reason why we have attributed so much time and resource to investigating this matter. Had we identified anyone guilty of this we were intent on issuing them with a lifetime ban from our stadium as they would have no place…