Frank Lampard has criticised José Mourinho’s comments about Antonio Rüdiger, saying it was “disappointing” to hear Spurs’ boss question the Chelsea player’s integrity after the racist abuse Rüdiger suffered.
Mourinho was unhappy with Rüdiger’s reaction to the kick by Son Heung-min that led to the Spurs being sent off during Chelsea’s 2-0 win on Sunday.
After the match, Mourinho said with heavy sarcasm that Rüdiger must be “having scans in the hospital on broken ribs”. The following day he again effectively accused the defender of cheating. “Stand up and play, man,” he said.
Lampard said in response on Tuesday: “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. So I do defend Toni firmly on it.”
The game at Tottenham had to be paused because a monkey chant was aimed at Rüdiger from the stands.
Lampard said he had not spoken to the player one-to-one about the incident but Chelsea’s manager added: “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.”
On Monday it emerged that a Chelsea fan was arrested for allegedly racially abusing Son.