Tottenham Hotspurs say they are “disgusted” by racial abuses directed at black Italian left-back Destiny Udogie after their win against Liverpool on Saturday.
The 20-year-old was subjected to multiple racial attacks on social media for his presumed role in the double bookings of Liverpool forward Diogo Jota which saw his dismissal from the pitch in the second-half of the game.
Hotspurs plans to fish out the faceless individuals behind the attack which were launched under a post by the player after their win.
“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, a statement from the Club said on Monday.
Liverpool have also backed the player as they say they are willing to help identify the racists.
“Liverpool FC condemns all forms of racism and discrimination and will work with the relevant authorities and social media platforms to help identify those responsible and apply the strongest possible consequences.”
Liverpool were battered by poor officiation decisions on Saturday which ““undermined” the rules of the game and led to their 2-1 loss.
The Reds were severed to nine men after Curtis Jones was slapped with a red card followed by Diogo Jota dismissal after two yellow cards.
Another iconic incident in North London on Saturday came when Luiz Diaz had a first-half goal ruled out for offside, with the PGMOL later apologising and calling it a clear “human error”.
“We scored an own goal, that is really tough to take but I am really proud. The first red card, Curtis steps on the ball and goes over. Not a bad tackle. It looks different in slow motion. He steps full throttle on the ball and goes over the ball. That is unlucky. [For Diogo Jota] first yellow was not a yellow. Then he gets a second and to defend with nine players is tricky,” Head Coach Jurgeon klopp told the press after the game.
“The offside goal. That is not offside when you see it, they drew their lines wrong. The ball is between Mo’s legs, they drew the line wrong and didn’t judge the moment when Mo passed the ball right. It is so tough to deal with it,” he added.