Rudiger says ‘racists won’ as he’s booed by Spurs fans after failed abuse probe

first_imgMost read in football THROUGH ITRobbie Keane reveals Claudine’s father was ’50-50′ in coronavirus battleTOP SELLERGavin Whelan has gone from League of Ireland to David Beckham’s InstagramPicturedAN EYEFULMeet Playboy model and football agent Anamaria Prodan bidding to buy her own clubI SAW ROORodallega saw Rooney ‘drinking like madman’ & Gerrard ‘on bar dancing shirtless’ExclusiveRIYAD RAIDMan City’s Riyad Mahrez has three luxury watches stolen in £500,000 raidNEXT STEPJonny Hayes set to move to English Championship having been let go by CelticREF RELEASEDChampions League ref Vincic released by cops after arrest in prostitution raidKEANE DEALEx Man United youth ace David Jones says Roy Keane negotiated a contract for himREF RAIDChampions League ref Vincic ‘arrested in raid into drugs and prostitution ring’NICE RONCristiano Ronaldo goes on family bike ride with partner Georgina Rodriguez & kidsThe defender added: “If it happens at football it is also happening outside — and outside my son is going to be growing up.”Meanwhile, Hakim Ziyech has agreed ­personal terms on a five-year contract ahead of his £36.7million summer move to Chelsea.The Moroccan attacker said: “I hope we can achieve great things.”Frank Lampard says he was ‘just waiting for the red card’ after late Lo Celso tackle on César Azpilicueta which VAR deemed ‘no serious foul play’ ANTONIO RUDIGER claims the “racists won” after the failed probe at Spurs.The Chelsea defender insisted he was subjected to abuse during his team’s 2-0 win at ­Tottenham in December.3 Rudiger was booed by Tottenham fans during Saturday’s return between the two clubs at Stamford BridgeCredit: Getty Images – GettyBut the German admits he was not ­surprised when an investigation found no evidence or culprits.Rudiger was booed by Tottenham fans during Saturday’s return between the two clubs at Stamford Bridge.He said: “Yes, I heard it. It’s sad. I don’t know why they would. Maybe it’s because I voiced about the racism. If you boo me because of that, then you are poor people.“This is a sign that we have a very big problem.“At the end of the day I am alone in this case because I am the one who has to swallow this.“With the win against Spurs it makes me feel a bit like, yes, OK. But it makes me feel like it will always be like this. It shows that these people won because they can go back to the stadium.“They won’t be punished and at the end of the day I’m the bogeyman. For me, in this case, racism won.”3 Rudiger insisted he was subjected to abuse during his team’s 2-0 win at ­Tottenham in DecemberCredit: Sky Sports3 Rudiger and Chelsea team-mates were also targeted with objects thrown from the crowdCredit: AFP or licensorsRudiger alleged Tottenham fans aimed monkey noises at him in December.It resulted in the game being halted and warnings made over the stadium PA for the first time at a Premier League fixture.Spurs and the Met Police launched an immediate investigation — but two weeks later the club announced that neither they nor the cops had found any evidence to support Rudiger’s claims.The Berlin-born star added: “For me, it was not a surprise, because sometimes they get ­punished — but mostly they get away with it.“I’m not trying to offend anyone but you will never understand what goes through my mind at this moment. Or other black players’ minds.These people need to be punished. They need educating. That’s why I say that if we don’t stand up, racism wins.Antonio Rudiger“I am alone. I am totally alone. Authority-wise, I’m alone. People are investigating but I don’t want to say they did their job wrong. I hope they tried everything.”While Spurs never discovered who allegedly dished out abuse to Rudiger, they did identify a Chelsea fan who racially abused their Korean striker Son Heung-min.Rudiger, signed from Roma for £29million in 2017, told reporters: “The support from my club was there. Also players and everything. For me, this was not enough. These people need to be punished. They need educating.“That’s why I say that if we don’t stand up, racism wins.”Stars around the globe have threatened to walk off the pitch if they are subjected to racist abuse.But Rudiger said: “Walking off the pitch doesn’t make sense if they still don’t get punished.”Rudiger insists he is also standing up for his new-born son Djamal and future generations.last_img read more

Support builds for high-speed rail line

first_img“The entire huge cost of building the system would be paid for by the taxpayers of California. That’s true of no other large-scale infrastructure. If we build another north-south highway it would be paid for by gas tax and tolls … It makes no sense to me whatsoever from the taxpayer or traveler standpoint.”Poole believes the Rail Authority is being overly optimistic in projecting ridership of 100 million by 2030 and operating revenue of $1 billion a year.Meanwhile, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger has proposed slashing the Rail Authority’s budget next year to $1.2 million – down more than $13 million from the level.Kicked off the ballot in 2004 because of the state’s shaky economy, funding for the train was bumped off again in 2006 when lawmakers instead pushed for billions of dollars in bonds to fund freeway improvements.Now Schwarzenegger wants to postpone the ballot measure for a third time, instead proposing more borrowing for prisons, schools, courts and natural resources.The current route plan would zip passengers between San Diego and Sacramento at speeds up to 220 mph, with stops and extensions throughout the Inland Empire, Orange County, Los Angeles County, Central California and the Bay Area.A trip from Union Station to San Francisco is estimated to cost about $70, roughly 70 percent of the air fare, said Mehdi Morshed, executive director of the rail agency.Unlike conventional trains that run on diesel, high-speed trains run on electricity that’s continuously fed through overhead electrical lines and on specially built tracks.Critics contend the project is not a good investment for the state.Norm King, director of the Leonard Transportation Center at Cal State San Bernardino, said there is no assurance the system would draw private investors, averting the need for taxpayer subsidies.King said money would be better invested in highway projects because roads would create more congestion relief to residents than a high-speed rail could ever provide.Kopp said it’s a misconception to think that a high-speed rail would need subsidies. He said private money will come after investors see the reality of the project, which will arrive when voters approve a bond. He cited successful high-speed rails in Japan and 446-6723160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! “I think people are sick and tired of long commutes, tired of not knowing whether their plane is going to come in on time, tired of the high cost of gas and airline tickets,” Ma said in a phone interview, shortly after riding on the record-breaking French train.The California High-Speed Rail Authority is set to hold public meetings in Los Angeles this month on a proposed Southern California route that promises 27-minute rides between Union Station and Palmdale.And California voters next year could be asked to vote on a bond measure that would provide about $10 billion to build a statewide high-speed rail system.Still, the plan faces significant challenges.“I think it’s a ridiculous boondoggle,” said Robert Poole, director of transportation studies at the Reason Foundation in Los Angeles. SACRAMENTO – Supporters of a $40 billion high-speed rail line in California are revitalizing their decadelong battle for a 700-mile route that could help relieve the state’s jammed freeways. The plan for the transit corridor has languished for years, unable to overcome weak political support and strong criticism of its hefty price tag.But last week’s record-breaking run by a French TGV train that hit 357 mph has revived interest in the route that could whisk passengers between Los Angeles and San Francisco in under three hours.“I think this is the future for California,” said Assemblywoman Fiona Ma, D-San Francisco, one of several state lawmakers who traveled to France to witness the speed record.last_img read more