Rudiger hit by objects, two arrested as Football Association investigates

Two men have been arrested and the Football Association launched an investigation after objects were thrown at Chelsea defender Antonio Rudiger during Sunday’s 2-0 win over Tottenham at Stamford Bridge.

The incident happened in the 73rd minute when play was suspended after it emerged that a lighter among other objects was aimed at Rudiger from the section containing Spurs supporters, prompting captain Cesar Azpilicueta to shout towards the traveling contingent.

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Referee Paul Tierney and fourth official Andrew Madley were made aware of the situation and a request followed for more stewards to be deployed outside.

“Two men have been arrested on suspicion of throwing objects from the stands during Chelsea’s game against Tottenham Hotspur at Stamford Bridge,” a Metropolitan Police spokesman said.

“They have been taken into custody. Investigations, in conjunction with Chelsea FC and Tottenham Hotspur FC, are underway to identify anyone else involved in the throwing of objects during the match.”

The FA are liaising with the Met Police and a spokesperson said: “We are investigating the incident and liaising with the club and the police as a matter of urgency.”

When the two sides met in the Carabao Cup semi-final first leg at the same venue earlier this month, Spurs then issued a statement condemning their own supporters’ homophobic chanting during the game.

This latest incident came at the end of a week in which Aston Villa players were hit by plastic bottles thrown by Everton fans during a game at Goodison Park, and Arsenal have released a statement warning fans they risk a three-year ban from Emirates Stadium for entering the pitch after recent games were marred by individuals encroaching on the pitch.

Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel recorded a video message last week urging Chelsea fans to behave well and after Sunday’s game he said: “I sent a message to our supporters that we love them. having near the pitch it is a brilliant atmosphere that they are not behind fences or nets.

“Everyone has to show respect and adhere to certain guidelines, there’s no doubt about that.

“If this is the new trend, we must act together to stop it as soon as possible in order to protect the atmosphere and the environment of this game, because it is absolutely unique here in England.”

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