Roma have been charged by UEFA as Chelsea defender Antonio Rudiger was targeted by the Italian club’s fans with racial slurs, Sky Sports reports.
Rudiger replaced Davide Zappacosta in the 3-3 draw against Roma on Wednesday. The 24-year-old was greeted with alleged monkey chants directed at the defender from his former club’s fans.
The case will be dealt with by UEFA’s Control, Ethics and Disciplinary Body on the 16th November, as per Sky Sports.
The German has received similar abuse during his time in Italy from rival fans. Before joining the Blues, Rudiger wanted FIFA and the Italian Football Federation to prosecute those that were expressing this racist behaviour as Sky Sports report.
Rudiger is quoted by Sky Sports saying:
“I just want justice. Those people need to be banned from the stadium or fined.”
Whilst football is full of rivalry and hatred between sets of teams, there is no place for racism anywhere, let alone in the sport.
Hopefully those fans get what they deserve and Rudiger can fully concentrate on playing football with no racial abuse.
The defender will hope to feature in tomorrow’s early kick-off against Watford.