The German defender is the latest Premier League player to reveal he has received abusive messages on platforms
Chelsea defender Antonio Rudiger has revealed he has received “immense” amounts of racist abuse on social media for claiming to have contributed to Frank Lampard’s sacking.
Many Premier League stars, including Manchester United duo Marcus Rashford and Anthony Martial, and Rudiger’s Chelsea team-mates Reece James and Callum Hudson-Odoi, have recently spoken out about the abuse they have suffered online.
Rudiger has now claimed that he was also a victim of hate speech and that the volume of those messages surprised him.
“What I can say is that people should be human beings. I didn’t post anything about it but the racial abuse was immense ”, explained the defender to the Daily mail.
“It makes me stronger, I know who I am. I can look at myself in the mirror, I can smile. I can raise my hand. I know I didn’t do anything. So for me, it’s forgotten. If people are still on it [racially abusing people], at the end of the day, I can’t control people and their emotions and I don’t want to.
“It’s sad. But that’s what it is. Ultimately in life for me it’s very important that I can look at myself in the mirror.
“This is the most important thing. I see myself. I know who I am. Like I said before, with other people, their emotions, I can’t control it. I don’t want to control it.
“They can say whatever they want. Sure it hurts but in this case I’m just blocking it because I know who I am and I haven’t done anything.
“To be honest, I don’t know all of these things on social media.
“Because at the end of the day, if more people do accounts, I think they benefit from it.
“So me personally, I don’t think these people care. Because, as you know, this money has power. And the rest doesn’t matter.
“It’s hard to say if people are going to make a change on this. I’m sorry about that. But I feel more sorry for people who are not strong enough, it really affects them stuff like that. ”
“Of course, that affects me in a way too, but for me it’s just to think that people are not normal. People are, sorry to say, stupid. ”
Rudiger went on to reiterate that he had no influence on Chelsea’s decision to part ways with Lampard, saying he was happy to work with any manager who is lucky enough to shine at Stamford Bridge.
“This is my fourth season at the club and so far I had four coaches. My conscience is clear. I know who I am. I know I haven’t done all this nonsense that came out. In my head, I am very free. ,” he added.
“I am open to any new coach because I was also open to Mr. Lampard.”