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Son Heung-min accepts apology from Tottenham teammate over appalling racial slur

Son Heung-min reacts to racial slur from Tottenham teammate

Son Heung-min reacts to racial slur from Tottenham teammate

Tottenham skipper Son Heung-min has revealed that one of his teammates at the north London club has apologised to him for using a racial slur.

Appearing on Uruguayan TV, Spurs midfielder Rodrigo Bentancur was asked by a presenter for a Tottenham shirt, before replying: “Sonny’s? It could be Sonny’s cousin too as they all look the same.”

Bentancur, who has been linked with a surprise switch to Turkish giants Galatasaray this summer, later apologised on Instagram and said his comments were a “very bad joke”.

“I’ve spoken to Lolo,” said Son. “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.”

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Anti-discrimination charity Kick it Out said it had received a “significant number” of complaints about Bentancur’s racial slur, which highlighted “a wider issue that heavily affects East Asian and wider communities”.

Tottenham react to Bentancur comments

Tottenham also reported they had “been providing assistance in ensuring a positive outcome on the matter” between their two players.

“This will include further education for all players in line with our diversity, equality and inclusion objectives,” Spurs added in a statement.

“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.”

Son and Bentancur will not be back together at Tottenham training until late July, with the latter currently away with Uruguay at the Copa America.

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The tournament, which takes place in the United States, will run from June 21-July 15 and will see three Spurs players taking part.

Bentancur’s Uruguay are considered third favourites for the tournament behind World Cup winners Argentina, who have Cristan Romero and Giovani Lo Celso in their squad, and Brazil.