Chelsea boss Frank Lampard has defended Antonio Rudiger after he was criticised for his part in Tottenham forward Son Heung-min’s red card on Sunday.
Spurs manager Jose Mourinho was unhappy with the Blues defender’s reaction to Son’s challenge in Chelsea’s 2-0 win.
Lampard said it was “disappointing” to question Rudiger’s integrity while an investigation into alleged racial abuse directed at the German is ongoing.
“I do defend Toni firmly on it,” said Lampard.
Tottenham have appealed against the red card shown to Son in the second half after VAR ruled he had kicked out at Rudiger.
However, Mourinho thinks it should be Rudiger’s reaction to Son’s challenge that is coming under scrutiny, and not Son’s action.
“I’m not speaking about the racism incident, this is another thing. I am speaking about that incident, the red card,” he said on Monday.
“In the Premier League I love there is no space also for what Rudiger did. Stand up and play man. This is the Premier League.”
Lampard responded: “With Toni, in this incident when he’s having to post after the game about something we know is a huge deal [racism], I think to question his integrity in that time is disappointing for sure.
“Pretty universally, certainly what I heard in the commentary and the post-match reflection was that the Son incident was a red card.
“It wasn’t brutal but it was instinctive that warrants a red card in the modern day. It was pretty clear that was the case. I wouldn’t question Toni’s integrity on that.”
On Tuesday, Tottenham said they had banned a supporter for throwing a cup at Chelsea goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga, but their investigation into the alleged racist abuse of Rudiger “remains ongoing”.
‘I support all my players in this situation’
Both players were subject to alleged racist abuse during the fixture.
Rudiger said he heard monkey noises from the crowd, while police arrested a Chelsea fan for a racially aggravated public order offence against Spurs’ Son.
Lampard says he has only spoken briefly to Rudiger, who informed Chelsea captain Cesar Azpilicueta of what he had heard and he told referee Anthony Taylor.
However, Tottenham say their initial findings after the alleged racist abuse of Rudiger are “inconclusive”.
“I saw Toni’s social media post, I thought it was well put, from the heart and something that he feels very strongly about,” said Lampard.
“I’ll speak to him today when I see him. I would like to think the players know I am with them on anything like this.
“I’ll have the same conversation with Toni that I had with Tammy after the incident earlier this year.
“And I will tell them and take the time to make sure he knows I support him, and that I support all my players in this situation.”
The veteran Labour politician Frank Dobson has died at the age of 79.
Mr Dobson served as health secretary in the government of Tony Blair following Labour’s 1997 landslide victory.
He left government to contest the first-ever London mayoral election in 2000, ultimately coming third to independent candidate Ken Livingstone.
He served as MP for Holborn and St Pancras in central London for more than 40 years before standing down in 2015.
Mr Dobson led Labour-controlled Camden Council in the 1970s before first being elected to Parliament in 1979.
He served in a number of shadow frontbench roles under Neil Kinnock, John Smith and Tony Blair during Labour’s 18 years in opposition.
As Labour’s first health secretary for nearly 20 years, Mr Dobson oversaw the abolition of the internal market in the NHS, but was frustrated at financial constraints initially imposed by the Blair government, which stuck to the Conservatives’ spending plans for the first two years.
He put himself forward as a candidate, some suggested reluctantly, for the new post of London mayor in 2000.
However, he was pushed into third place behind Mr Livingstone, who ran as an independent – after being barred from standing by Labour – and the Conservative candidate Steve Norris.
After his defeat, he never returned to government but continued in Parliament for a further 15 years.
Labour candidates and officials have been paying tribute to Mr Dobson, whose death was announced by his family.
And current Conservative Health Secretary Matt Hancock also praised his “years of devotion” to the health service.