Tottenham and Son release statements after Bentancur’s ‘very bad’ joke | Football | Sport


Tottenham and Son Heung-min have both released statements after midfielder Rodrigo Bentancur apologised for a “very bad” joke he made towards his South Korean club captain.

The Uruguayan made headlines when appearing on TV show Por La Camiseta, discussing his life in north London, when he was asked by host Rafa Cotelo for a shirt from a Spurs player.

Bentancur initially replied: “Sonny’s?” before then adding: “It could be Sonny’s cousin too as they all look the same.”

His comments were met with widespread backlash and he then issued a grovelling apology, insisting that he would “never disrespect” his Spurs skipper. And Son and the club have now had their say on the matter.

A club statement on Thursday morning read: “Following a comment from Rodrigo Bentancur in an interview video clip and the player’s subsequent public apology, the club has been providing assistance in ensuring a positive outcome on the matter. This will include further education for all players in line with our diversity, equality and inclusion objectives.

“We fully support that our captain Sonny feels that he can draw a line under the incident and that the team can focus on the new season ahead.

“We are extremely proud of our diverse, global fanbase and playing squads. Discrimination of any kind has no place at our club, within our game or within wider society.”

Spurs’ statement came after Son wrote on his Instagram story that Bentancur had already apologised and that “nothing has changed at all” in their relationship, acknowledging that no offence was purposefully made by his team-mate.

“I’ve spoken with Lolo,” Son revealed. “He made a mistake, he knows this and has apologised. Lolo would not mean to ever intentionally say something offensive. We are brothers and nothing has changed at all.

“We’re past this, we’re united, and we will be back together in pre season to fight for our club as one. Sonny.”

Bentancur is preparing for this summer’s Copa America competition with Uruguay and turned to social media to publicly apologise after his comments went viral online. He wrote: “Sony brother! I apologise to you for what happened, it was just a very bad joke!

“You know that I love you and I would never disrespect you or hurt you or anyone else! I love you brother.”



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