German Olympic football team walk off during friendly after alleged racial abuse
Written by Hit Music Radio News on 17/07/2021
Germany’s Olympic football team walked off the pitch during a warm-up match after one of their players was allegedly racially abused by an opponent.
The game against Honduras in Wakayama, Japan, was ended five minutes early following the alleged abuse directed at defender Jordan Torunarigha.
The German soccer federation said: “The German team left the field together after our player Jordan Torunarigha was racially insulted.”
Germany’s coach Stefan Kuntz said: “If one of our players is racially insulted, it is not an option for us to continue playing”.
He added: “Five minutes before the end of the game there was a scuffle.
“I ran to Jordan because I saw his gestures. He was getting terribly upset.
“He said that he had been racially insulted for the second time. We decided to leave the pitch because it was against our values.
“The whole Honduras squad came over to the bench and apologised. That ended the issue for us and Jordan.”
“His [Torunarigha’s] team-mates picked him up straight away, gave him a hug for the first few minutes. He was very upset. But you could tell that he was happy to be with us. At the end, we even joked a bit again.”
Torunarigha’s club, Hertha Berlin, said the walk-off was “the only correct decision”.
The Honduras team later tweeted the incident was a “misunderstanding on the pitch”, but did not provide details.
The score in the friendly, which was played behind closed doors, was 1-1.
It was Germany’s last preparation match before it opens its Olympics campaign against Brazil in Yokohama on Thursday.
Saudi Arabia and Ivory Coast make up the group.
Torunarigha, 23, the son of former player Ojokojo Torunarigha of Nigeria, has faced racist abuse before.
He was targeted with monkey chants by some Schalke fans in a German cup game in February last year.
Schalke were fined 50,000 euros (£43,000) for the abuse.
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