Chelsea fan arrested for allegedly racially abusing Son during London derby
A Chelsea fan has been arrested for allegedly racially abusing Son Heung-Min during Sunday’s fiery London derby at Tottenham.
Son was not aware of the incident, but it was reported to authorities by Chelsea fans in the stands who heard the alleged abuse.
The Tottenham winger was sent off by VAR in the second half of Sunday’s 2-0 defeat after kicking out at Antonio Rudiger in retaliation to being fouled.
Rudiger appeared to indicate that he was being subjected to monkey chants moments after the incident, which was reported to the referee, and prompted the first of three announcements over the public address system in line with the recently-introduced Premier League protocol.
Six arrests have been made by police, but only one has been for alleged racial abuse which was aimed at Tottenham player Son.
It, however, remains unclear if the Chelsea supporter has been charged by police.
Meanwhile, Rudiger has urged Tottenham officials to find and punish the fans who allegedly made monkey noises on Sunday.
Rudiger, 26, who is German, tweeted on Sunday evening: ‘It is really sad to see racism again at a football match, but I think it’s very important to talk about it in public.
‘If not, it will be forgotten again in a couple of days (as always). I don’t want to involve Tottenham as an entire club into this situation as I know that just a couple of idiots were the offenders.
‘I got a lot of supportive messages on social media from Spurs fans as well in the last hours – thank you a lot for this.
‘I really hope that the offenders will be found and punished soon, and in such a modern football ground like the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium with dozens of TV and security cameras, it must be possible to find and subsequently punish them.
‘If not, then there must have been witnesses in the stadium who saw and heard the incident. It’s just such a shame that racism still exists in 2019. When will this nonsense stop?’
The Professional Footballers’ Association have called for a government inquiry into racism within football following the allegations of abuse.