Tottenham endured a day of shame against Chelsea on Sunday, with the north London club involved in a series of unsavoury incidents.
Chelsea won 2-0 at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, with Willian scoring both goals, but the game was overshadowed by several flashpoints.
In the most significant incident, Chelsea defender Antonio Rudiger appeared to suggest that he was racially abused by Tottenham fans.
Chelsea defender Antonio Rudiger appeared to suggest he was racially abused vs Tottenham
Rudiger made a monkey gesture as he gave an indication of the abuse he said he received
Furthemore, Chelsea goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga had a bottle thrown at him by Spurs fans, while Son Heung-min was sent off for raising his boot in a clash with Rudiger.
Rudiger made the accusations of racism shortly after Son’s dismissal.
While speaking to Chelsea captain Cesar Azpilicueta, Rudiger made a monkey gesture to give an indication of the abuse that he seemingly claimed he received from Tottenham fans.
Commenting on the Rudiger incident, Sky Sports commentator Gary Neville said: ‘I was saying a couple of weeks ago we were outraged when it happens in a Bulgaria stadium, but we are not as outraged when it happens in our English stadiums.
‘We expect UEFA to clamp down heavily on the Bulgarian FA but what are we going to do here? The Premier League, the FA, need to get a grip on our game.’
Rudiger appeared to report racist chanting from Tottenham fans during the second half
Sky Sports pundit Gary Neville suggested players should walk off if they are racially abused
Neville went on to suggest that players should walk off the pitch if they are racially abused.
He said: ‘When it happens in other countries we scream for punishment, rightfully so. We should scream equally loud in this country. It’s not just about football. I say about the fans policing it but what about the players themselves taking it into their own hands.
‘It will come to the point where players will just walk off and say ‘I’m not playing’ could you blame them? No, not if they feel the authorities aren’t doing things properly. Do something that disrupts.’
A public announcement was made at the stadium, saying: ‘racist behaviour is interfering with the game’.
Chelsea captain Cesar Azpilicueta explained the series of events around Rudiger’s reports of racist chanting.
He told Sky Sports: ‘We have meetings with the Premier League before every game and we have been told to report straight away to the referee if any incident of racism happens.
‘Toni came to me and told me he heard some racist songs toward him, so I reported to the ref immediately and left it to the ref to do his job.
‘We are very concerned and very aware of this behaviour and we need to stop it. Now I hope everything gets clear and we eradicate it as soon as possible.
‘It’s an issue not only in football but in life and all together we need to work towards the eradication of the problem.’
Tottenham boss Jose Mourinho expressed little knowledge of the racism incident, preferring to leave referee Anthony Taylor and his colleagues to follow the set protocol for such situations.
‘I saw nothing,’ he said. ‘I saw the referee following the protocol, I saw the referee speaking with (fourth official Andre) Marriner, I saw the referee coming to me and to Lampard and tell us what was going on, and the protocol was followed.
‘Every club is together on this situation and of course we are disappointed.’
Former England defender Ashley Cole admitted he had ‘a lot of abuse’ from the stands during his time as a player.
‘You try to block it out, but obviously he (Rudiger) has heard something,’ Cole said on Sky Sports.
‘Players keep going to the referee, but we see the same things happening.
‘These people need educating. In society it is easy to say what you want on social media, you don’t see their faces.
‘People around them need to be grassing them up, getting them thrown out and banned.’
Cole added: ‘No one knows the answer. I don’t understand how you stop it to be honest.’
Chelsea goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga also had a bottle thrown at him during the second half
The Chelsea goalkeeper turned around to face the Tottenham fans following the incident
Tottenham fans were warned about racist behaviour during the game on three occasions.
The Premier League’s protocol for is repeat announcements even for just one incident of racism rather than UEFA’s three-step protocol.
Shortly after the accusations made by Rudiger, Chelsea goalkeeper Kepa had a bottle thrown at him by Tottenham supporters.
Tottenham’s Son Heung-min was sent off for raising his boot in a clash with Rudiger
Son was given his marching orders after VAR was consulted to review his challenge
The South Korea international caught Ruidger, who then writhed on the floor in agony
VAR was consulted, with the decision subsequently being made to send Son off
The game was halted slightly following the incident, with Kepa turning around to face the Tottenham fans.
Rudiger’s accusations came after Son’s sending off. The South Korean attacker was given his marching orders following a VAR check.
The Chelsea centre-back lay on the floor in agony after being caught by Son.