Spurs complain to BBC over ‘disgusting’ racism claims on The One Show

first_imgTOTTENHAM’S lawyers have written to the BBC accusing producers of unfairly singling out Spurs for alleged racism during The One Show programme.The North London side have taken offence to a clip broadcast on the show that delved into racist allegations against Spurs fans aimed at Chelsea ace Antonio Rudiger in December.1 Chelsea star Rudiger (centre and inset) alleged he was targeted by a racist but no evidence was foundThe One Show episode was aired to mark Holocaust Memorial Day, with supporters of Tottenham – who have a prominent Jewish following – branding the segment as “disgusting”.SPURS NEWS LIVE: Follow all the latest news on TottenhamAccording to the Press Association news agency, Spurs are dissatisfied with the BBC’s response to their concerns about the episode and will not be commenting on the ongoing discussions.After being contacted by PA, the BBC conceded that it “did not make sufficiently clear” that no evidence of racism was found in the Rudiger case, after the Metropolitan Police and Tottenham both investigated the matter.In the episode, BBC religion editor Martin Bashir in a voice-over segment tells viewers that some in society use “football to express their racial hatred”.Spurs star Harry Kane speaks during the programme, where he is shown making comments about how people “did nothing” to intervene in the Nazi genocide, in part of a video made by the National Holocaust Museum.Following his words, the scene then immediately cuts to an aerial shot of the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, before showing images of December’s clash between Tottenham and Chelsea.During that encounter, play was halted after German defender Rudiger complained of monkey chants aimed at him from the stands.SPURS SHOCKRudiger’s Chelsea team-mate Cesar Azpilicueta then discusses the events from that day, as he states: “To have this kind of discrimination is very sad.”In that same game, a Chelsea fan was arrested for racially abusing Spurs winger Son Heung-min, though the segment failed to include that incident.Speaking to PA, Spurs season ticket holder Loraine Bergstrom labelled “misrepresentation” of fans as “disgusting” as she called for the BBC to apologise.She added: “The club was totally misrepresented during the whole report with cheap bad journalism by someone who hadn’t done any research.“Surely it would have been more beneficial to the report to have shown the England versus Bulgaria game where there was blatant racism.”Commenting on the clip that was aired, the BBC said: “We do not accept that this short film implied that Spurs had in any way ignored racist behaviour.LATEST TOTTENHAM NEWSHARRY ALL FOUR ITKane admits Spurs must win EIGHT games to rise into Champions League spotGossipALL GONE PETE TONGVertonghen wanted by host of Italian clubs as long Spurs spell nears endBELOW PARRSpurs suffer blow with Parrott to miss Prem restart after appendix operationPicturedSHIRT STORMNew Spurs 2020/21 home top leaked but angry fans slam silver design as ‘awful”STEP BY STEP’Jose fears for players’ welfare during restart as stars begin ‘pre-season’KAN’T HAVE THATVictor Osimhen keen on Spurs move but only if they sell Kane this summer“The report concerned a mural commissioned by Chelsea Football Club and a video produced by the National Holocaust Museum to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz.“Harry Kane was featured as part of the video alongside other footballers and no reasonable viewer would have drawn the conclusion that this was about Tottenham’s response to the complaint of racist behaviour during the match between Spurs and Chelsea, or that Harry Kane was being critical of his Club or employers.“However, we acknowledge that the use of images of the Spurs v Chelsea match did not make sufficiently clear to the viewer the subsequent outcome of the police and club investigation and we will edit this section of the film.”Chelsea boss Frank Lampard responds to Jose Mourinho’s Rudiger accusationslast_img

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