TOTTENHAM have condemned the vile racist abuse directed at Destiny Udogie following Saturday’s win over Liverpool.
The Spurs left-back, 20, was fouled twice by Liverpool forward Diogo Jota in the space of 86 seconds in North London with the Reds man being shown a yellow card for both and sent off.
Udogie has now been targeted by a wave of racist messages on social media in the days following the game.
There was controversy surrounding the first booking as replays showed the contact from Jota to be minimal.
In a statement, Spurs said: “We are disgusted at the racist messages directed towards Destiny Udogie on social media following Saturday’s game against Liverpool.
“We will work with the Premier League and, where possible, take action against any individual we are able to identify.
“We stand with you, Destiny.”
Kick it Out, the anti-discrimination campaigners added that they were “appalled” by the abuse and highlighted concerns around the relentless cases of racism directed at players.
Their statement read: “No amount of controversy or high emotion surrounding a game can ever warrant this abhorrent outburst.
“We are extremely concerned that players are being continually targeted on social media following games in the worst possible terms and it is vital that those responsible are held to account.
“High-profile players have been targeted almost every weekend since the season began in August.
“This worrying trend is a sad reminder of how much work remains to combat discrimination in football, and it is vital that social media companies help address this problem with the seriousness it requires.”
The abuse of Udogie is the latest in a string of cases, with Spurs and Sheffield United speaking out against abuse directed at Blades goalkeeper Wes Foderingham last month while Everton midfielder Amadou Onana was targeted in August.
Source: The Sun
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