British Government Ready to Take ‘Further Steps’ to Tackle Racism in Football

​The British government have said they are prepared to take ‘further steps’ in the fight against racism in English football after Antonio Rudiger was allegedly subjected to racial abuse during Chelsea’s 2-0 victory at Tottenham Hotspur on Sunday.

The Professional Footballers’ Association urged the government to begin an inquiry into the issue, with Spurs forward Son Heung-min also being targeted in the clash with the Blues.

Son Heung-min,Jose Mourinho

Responding to the weekend’s events – as well as calls from the PFA for more government action – a Downing Street spokesperson said (as quoted by ​BBC): “Racism of any kind has no place in football or anywhere else, and we must confront this vile behaviour.

“Clearly, there remains more work to be done by the football authorities in tackling this issue, and we are committed to working with them on this to stamp it out.

“The FA, ​Premier League, and English Football League have significantly stepped up their efforts, but we expect them to continue to prioritise this issue, and to consult with both players and supporter groups.

“We will be monitoring how the football authorities implement their plans through the season. We will continue working with the authorities on this – including the PFA – and we don’t rule out taking further steps if required.”

Jose Mourinho

​Tottenham manager Jose Mourinho has ​urged fans to expose racist chanting if they hear it in the stands, while an official statement from the club confirmed they would hand a lifetime ban to any supporters found guilty of racial abuse.

​Writing on Twitter, Rudiger said of the incident on Sunday: “It’s really sad to see racism again at a football match, but I think it’s important to talk about it in public. If not, it’ll be forgotten again in a couple of days (as always).”

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