Chelsea defender Antonio Rudiger was involved in a heated confrontation with a fan at the end of the Blues’ humbling defeat to Manchester City on Sunday. Maurizio Sarri’s side lost 6-0 at the Etihad after conceding four times in the opening 25 minutes – their worst result since losing 7-0 to Nottingham Forest in 1991. After the full-time whistle was blown, Rudiger was one of few players to front up to the fans, going over to the away support to apologise.
However, not every fan was impressed with the gesture, with one hurling abuse at Rudiger for his – and the team’s – dreadful performance. It was at this point that tempers started to boil over, with Football.London reporting that Rudiger yelled: ‘I’ve come over to say sorry, stand in front of me if you‘ve something to say.’
The former Roma defender even asked an Etihad steward if he could climb the barrier to speak to the fan face to face, though it never got that far. Rudiger eventually handed his shirt to a delighted young fan and walked back to the tunnel to join the rest of the Chelsea players, and the majority of fans applauded him as he left.
Rudiger issued a public apology just a couple of weeks ago when Chelsea’s defence were again ripped to shreds by Bournemouth. Sunday’s result means Chelsea have now lost three straight away games and manager Sarri was at a complete loss to explain the disastrous display, with question marks now surrounding his future as the side slipped to sixth in the Premier League.