We are together bro, Willian tells Rudiger

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Chelsea winger Willian has lent his support to Blues centre-back Antonio Rudiger after the German international complained about being racially abused in the win over Tottenham Hotspur on Sunday evening.

After the Spurs win where Willian was man of the match, the Brazilian took to Twitter to show his support for his teammate Antonio Rudiger.

Willian wrote: “I’m very happy for our team performance in the derby today, but at the same time I’m very disappointed by the manifestations of racism during the game. We cannot accept this! We are together my bro @ToniRuediger! 👊🏿 #saynotoracism”

In an interview with Sky Sports, Willian has revealed his disgust at the abuse suffered by Rudiger and admits he does not understand how or why football fans can racially abuse opposition players when they support black players in their own team.

“It’s a shame. It’s very disappointing, I don’t how people can think [like] that. In their team [Tottenham] they have black players as well. I really don’t understand what they think or why they do these kinds of things,” he said.

“I think we have to find, together, a way to stop this. It’s a shame for everyone.

“It hurts a lot. They don’t need to do it against me, they do it against my team-mates so I feel bad as well.

“Inside the pitch you cannot think much about this otherwise you are not concentrating

[on the game]

. We do what we can do, our captain reports to the referee that we had a manifestation of racism and the ref decides what to do.

“I hope we see more action from the federations, that’s what we want.”

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