Chelsea defender Toni Rudiger was subjected to alleged racist abuse from Tottenham fans on Sunday afternoon.
The Germany international signalled towards his skipper Cesar Azpilicueta and referee Anthony Taylor that he’d been the victim of offensive gestures during the second half of the Premier League contest.
The unsavoury scenes came after Heung-min Son was sent off for a kick out at Rudiger, a decision which incensed home supporters.
Soon after the defender reported the abuse, as Taylor implemented the first step of FIFA’s protocol in dealing with discrimination in games – with a stadium announcement stating that ‘racist behaviour is interfering with the game.’
The announcement over speakers at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium also said: “Please remember that racism has no place in football.”
Two further calls from the stadium PA came before the end of the contest.
Azpilicueta confirmed after the game that Rudiger had reported the incident to him in the first instance.
“You know it is very clear every time we have meetings with the Premier League and the referees. Before the game, we have been told to report if any incidents of racism happen straight away to the referee,” he told Sky Sports.
“Antonio came to me and told me that he had listened to racist songs towards him so I just reported it to the referee immediately.
“I left it to the ref to do his job. We are very concerned and aware of this behaviour, altogether we have to stop it.
“I don’t know if other players heard) because we went straight to play and then the incident with Son and his red card was towards this area, where it happened.
“I hope everything becomes clear and we eradicate it as soon as possible. It’s an issue in not only football but life – we need to work together towards eradication.”
Spurs later released a statement which read: “Following an alleged incident of racism at today’s fixture against Chelsea, the club has issued the following statement.
“We are now conducting a thorough investigation which will include liaising with Chelsea and their players for their observations.
“Any form of racism is completely unacceptable and will not be tolerated in our stadium.
“We take any such allegations extremely seriously and shall take the strongest possible action against any individual found to be behaving in such a way, including stadium bans.”
Chelsea deservedly came away from north London with all three points, as Willian capped off a man-of-the-match display with a first-half brace in a 2-0 win for Frank Lampard’s men.