Palace and Spurs vow action against abuse of Son

7 May 2023
Son Heung-min Spurs v Palace

Clubs condemn apparent racist abuse of Spurs player by fan in match between two sides on Saturday

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Both Crystal Palace and Tottenham Hotspur have vowed to take action against a supporter who has been accused of making racist gestures toward Son Heung-min during the two teams’ Premier League match at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium on Saturday.

A Palace statement said: “We are aware of a video circulating online (as well as reports made directly to us) regarding an individual in the away end at Spurs yesterday, appearing to make racist gestures towards Heung-Min Son.

“Evidence has been shared with the police, and when he is identified, he will face a club ban. We will not tolerate such behaviour in our club.”

Spurs’ statement added: “We are working with Met Police and Crystal Palace to investigate and identify the individual involved.

“We will do everything in our powers to ensure that if found guilty, the individual will receive the strongest possible action - as was the case earlier this season when Son suffered similar racial abuse at Chelsea.”

Abuser prosecuted

After the incident at Stamford Bridge in August 2022, Chelsea identified the man who gave the abuse and handed him an indefinite stadium ban. He was found guilty in court of a racially aggravated public order offence, was fined £1,107, and given a three-year ban from attending football matches.

In relation to the most recent abuse, the Premier League said: “The Premier League condemns all forms of discrimination.

“No one should have to suffer abuse of the kind received by Son Heung-min. It has no place in football or society.”

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