Majority of readers think there should be an Government inquiry into racism in football

The Professional Footballers Association has pushed for a Government inquiry following allegations of racist abuse at Tottenham and Chelsea’s derby match at the weekend.

Tuesday, 24th December 2019, 10:13 am
Updated Thursday, 26th December 2019, 10:57 am
Chelsea defender Antonio Rudiger has called for anyone found to have subjected him to racist abuse to be swiftly punished. Picture by Nick Potts/PA Wire.

Germany defender Rudiger reported being the subject of monkey chants during the match against Spurs, the latest in a series of incidents at all levels of the game this season, and has led to the Professional Footballers' Association calling for a government-led inquiry.

Downing Street said that there remains work to be done by the football authorities to stamp out racism, but did not rule out "taking further steps if required".

Spurs launched an investigation in the aftermath of Sunday's 2-0 defeat but, in an update on Monday, said there has been little progress despite working with lip-readers and having reviewed hours of CCTV footage.

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And 69% of votes by 415 said believe an inquiry should be launched.

Here’s what readers had to say:

Niall Davis said: “I think the club's should do more before waste public money asking the government to set and independent enquires.”

Martin Eff said: “Racism isn't a football problem, it's a societal problem!”

Adrian Paul said: “It would be a waste of government money, and would eventually not result in anything tangible.

“It’s a ‘social’ problem with uneducated people and those who are well behind with the times.

“Any fans seeing this in their stands should stand together and apprehend those racists among us. Without violence of course.”