Tottenham player apologises on behalf of Tottenham for racist abuse at Antonio Rudiger

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Tottenham Hotspur defender Jan Vertonghen has apologised on behalf of Tottenham Hotspur after Chelsea defender Antonio Rudiger was racially abused by Tottenham Hotspur fans.

The 32-year-old Belgian centre-half said: “I didn’t hear anything but these things are still happening and it’s a disgrace and we should act strong against this.

“I have got no idea how people still, or ever, talk this way. Sometimes you think people are smarter than this. I’m very convinced it’s just a minority but it’s very wrong.

“I don’t know if it’s getting worse but it shouldn’t be there anyway. I just can’t get my head around how people do this and I have no words for it.

“If any of our players or their players are affected by it then I apologise in the name of Spurs, but like I said it’s a minority of idiots.

“We don’t identify with these people.”

The disgusted Vertonghen continued: “I don’t know how you fix these idiots but this is an opportunity for the right people to act strong against it.

“Not just here, but in Belgium, Holland, the countries where I watch football, it’s a problem everywhere and this is another opportunity to make a statement.

“My general feeling is that in England they act strong and maybe they have to act even stronger outside of the UK. I’m taking about Uefa and the other FAs in European countries, they can do better.”

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