German Olympic football team leaves the field in friendly match for alleged racial abuse


“The match ended 5 minutes earlier with a score of 1-1. The German players left the pitch after Jordan Torunarigha suffered racist abuse,” tweeted the DFB.

Torunarigha, who is black, plays as a defender for Germany.

The Honduran Football Federation did not respond to CNN’s request for comment via email and phone, but the organization said in a Tweeter that the “alleged racial insult” had been a “misunderstanding” on the ground.

The match against Honduras took place in Wakayama, Japan, and was the German squad’s last training before their first Olympic game on July 22, according to the DFB.

The friendly was supposed to last three 30-minute games, but at the end of the third game German coach Stefan Kuntz and his team left the pitch early.

“When one of our players is racially abused, playing is not an option,” Kuntz said in a statement.

Jordan Torunarigha of Hertha BSC runs with the ball during the pre-season friendly against MSV Neuruppin at Neuruppiner Volksparkstadion on July 7, 2021 in Neuruppin, Germany.
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In February 2020, Hertha BSC player Torunarigha was the victim of racist abuse by fans of an opposing team during a German Cup match.

The DFB fined Bundesliga club Schalke around $ 59,000 for the incident.

The Olympics run until August 8.

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