Although Chelsea went on to win their game against Tottenham Spurs 0-2, Adam Lampard’s well-earned victory was overshadowed by racist chants aimed at Antonio Rudiger.
The Professional Footballers’ Association (PFA) has called for a government inquiry into racism in football after monkey chants were heard coming from Spurs supporters after a clash between Antonio Rudiger and Tottenham’s Son Heung-min which led to the Spurs forward being sent off in the 62nd minute of play.
Chelsea dominated the first 20 minutes of the opening half as they pressed the Spurs defense.
Willian put the visitors in the lead 12 minutes into the game after finding his way around Serge Aurier and blasting a wonderful ball right past Paulo Gazzaniga and into the Spurs net.
Harry Kane missed a golden opportunity to bring the Spurs back into the game in the 27th minute of play as he hurled his shot off target.
A clash between Marcos Alonso and Tottenham goalkeeper Paulo Gazzaniga that led to a penalty just after the 45-minute mark gave Willian the opportunity to score his second goal of the night putting Chelsea 0-2 in the lead as the teams went into the half time break.
Both teams put up a good effort in the second half but Spurs were unable to recover from the damage of the first half as they went on to lose the game 0-2 to Chelsea.
After Son Heung-min red card saw him being sent off in the second half, the game had to be halted for a few minutes after SPurs supports were heard shouting monkey chants towards Antonio Rudiger.
After the game Rudiger tweeted the following:
“It’s just such a shame that racism still exists in 2019. When will this nonsense stop?”
The PFA also issued the following statement in regards to the racism suffered by Rudiger at the hands of some of the Spurs supporters:
“We are disgusted and dismayed that once again, a Premier League fixture has been tainted by abuse from the stands towards players.”
“It has become clear that football players are on the receiving end of the blatant racism that is currently rife in the UK, but they are not alone.”
“The PFA stands beside every player who faces discrimination. We will continue to fight on their behalf to combat this issue for good.”
“Football is part of the fabric of British society – with the huge global audience that English football attracts, we have a responsibility to lead the way with a zero-tolerance policy.”