LONDON (AP) — Chelsea defender Antonio Rüdiger reported being targeted with monkey noises during a London derby at Tottenham on Sunday, forcing the stadium announcer to issue three warnings in an unprecedented move at a Premier League game.
The announcements were made at 10-minute intervals at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, starting in the 63rd minute of the game with Chelsea leading 2-0.
“Racist behavior from spectators is interfering with the game,” the announcer announced in a warning to fans. “Please remember that racism has no place in football.”
The announcement was ordered after referee Anthony Taylor implemented a procedure initially formed by FIFA to deal with discrimination in games. It came after he was informed by Chelsea captain Cesar Azpilicueta