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Tottenham confirm Metropolitan Police have closed investigation into alleged racist abuse of Toni Rudiger after finding ‘no evidence’ to support claim

Tottenham say the Metropolitan Police has been unable to find any evidence to corroborate or contradict Chelsea defender Antonio Rudiger’s claim of racism.

An ‘extensive’ investigation, using CCTV and lip readers, was launched after Rudiger complained of being subjected to monkey chants in his side’s 2-0 win at Spurs on December 22.

Rudiger gestured to the referee to indicate he had been racially abused
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However, the Met Police unable to identify any perpetrators in the home end.

As a result the police have now closed the case, with Spurs confirming the news in a statement on their official website.

“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,” it read.

Rudiger notified his captain Cesar Azpilicueta that he had been abused by reenacting a monkey gesture, shortly after his role in Son Heung-min’s red card in the December 22 match, while

Spurs responded swiftly, launching a full investigation alongside the police.

The statement added: “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 CCTV images and footage, working with professional lip readers.

“All materials and reports have now also been reviewed by the police who have carried out their own investigation.”

The statement concluded: “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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