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Antonio Rudiger says he suffered ‘immense’ racist abuse after Chelsea sacked Frank Lampard

Antonio Rudiger says some Chelsea fans have blamed him for Frank Lampard’s sacking

Chelsea defender Antonio Rudiger says he has been subjected to “immense” racist abuse on social media.

The German centre-back, 27, has been blamed by some fans for the sacking of former manager Frank Lampard.

Rudiger told Chelsea’s websiteexternal-link those claims are “nonsense” and has questioned how much social media companies care about racist abuse.

It comes after Manchester United defender Axel Tuanzebe faced more racist abuse on social media.

Tuanzebe came on as a late substitute in Saturday’s 3-3 draw with Everton and conceded the free-kick from which the visitors equalised in stoppage time.

The 23-year-old was abused on Twitter and Instagram, either directly or through the use of emojis.

In January, United condemned the racist abuse Tuanzebe received after their 2-1 defeat by Sheffield United.

Axel Tuanzebe received more racist abuse after Manchester United’s draw with Everton

Chelsea are investigating Rudiger’s claims and will hand any relevant information to police.

They are also investigating the racial abuse of fellow Chelsea defender Reece James, who has also been targeted.

After a recent spate of similar incidents, Rudiger said: “To be very honest, I don’t know about all these social media things but I think the more people who make accounts, they make money off it. So me personally, I think they don’t really care because as you know money has power so the rest doesn’t matter so it’s hard to tell if people will make a change on that.”

On claims he played a part in Lampard’s sacking in January, he added: “My conscience is clear. I know I did not do all that nonsense. I am open for every new coach as I was open also for Mr Lampard.

“I cannot control people’s emotions but people should be human beings. I didn’t post anything but the racial abuse was immense. This makes me stronger because I know who I am and I can look in the mirror and smile.

“Of course if hurts, but in this case I…

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