Date published: Sunday 30th July 2017 3:25
New Chelsea signing Antonio Rudiger has spoken out over the racist abuse he suffered during his time playing for Roma in Serie A.
The defender spent two seasons with Roma and suffered abuse from fans and even opposition players – including one incident that saw Lazio midfielder Senad Lulic suspended for 20 days following racist remarks aimed at Rudiger.
And the Germany international, who joined the Blues for £34million earlier this month, reckons FIFA or the Italian FA should be looking to ban or fine those who are found guilty.
“I just want justice.” he said. “I want FIFA or the FA in Italy just to suspend those people who do that.
“It is not all the people in Italy who are like that. If we always talk about racism in Italy, people think that all Italians are racist people and it is not like that.
“I just mean those specific people who do it. Those people need to be banned from the stadium or fined.”
Rudiger has spoken out about the frustration of having to cope with abuse on the field and has described the way it makes him feel.
“You feel alone.” he said “People love to say ‘stay calm’ or ‘don’t do anything’. It is easy for you to say those things when you are not black and you never feel what it is like.
“You cannot even put yourself in my position of how that feels. In that moment, it is like this. You are alone.
“You have to be strong. But each human is different. Someone takes it and doesn’t react. Others react. I can understand both.”