No evidence in Rudiger case

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Chelsea defender Antonio Rudiger complained about being racially abused in Chelsea’s win over Tottenham Hotspur last month.

Rudiger informed Chelsea captain Cesar Azpilicueta about the alleged racist chanting and referee Anthony Taylor spoke to both managers with the game paused for a while.

Meanwhile, Tottenham Hotspur have now revealed that there has not been enough evidence to ascertain whether there was a change.

The club released a statement thus: “The Club and the Metropolitan Police have now exhausted all avenues of investigation following the reported incident at our home fixture against Chelsea on 22 December.

“We carried out extensive reviews of materials and reports have now also been reviewed by the police who have carried out their own investigation. The police have notified us today that, having reviewed and investigated, they have closed the crime report as they can find no evidence to support the allegation of racial abuse.

“We fully support Antonio Rudiger with the action that he took – however there is no evidence to corroborate or contradict the allegation and as such neither ourselves nor the police are in a position to take any further action. We are fiercely proud of our anti-racism work and our zero tolerance of any form of discrimination.

“This is one reason why we have attributed so much time and resource to investigating this matter. Had we identified anyone guilty of this we were intent on issuing them with a lifetime ban from our stadium as they would have no place among our proud, diverse fan base. If any new information comes to light, this will be fully investigated.”

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