Germany players walk off the field with five minutes left to play after alleged racist abuse directed at Jordan Torunarigha. Germany was playing Honduras in a friendly match ahead of the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo.
WHAT HAS HAPPENED?
Germany’s Olympic football team walked off the field with five minutes left to play after Jordan Torunarigha had been racially insulted. The German team’s Twitter account claimed that the players decided to leave because of the alleged incident. They were playing in a match against Ghana, which was stopped when the score was 1-1.
Honduras and Germany’s World Cup qualifier against Japan was abandoned after 87 minutes due to an alleged racist insult by German player Jurgen Kuntz. There were no spectators at the game, which was played behind closed doors in Wakayama, Japan. Honduras have released a statement via social media, insisting that the incident was a “misunderstanding”
TORUNARIGHA HAS SUFFERED RACIST ABUSE BEFORE
Torunarigha has regrettably had to endure racist abuse in the past.
In February last year, the Hertha Berlin defender was targeted by Schalke fans during a DFB-Pokal encounter, with the Bundesliga side subsequently fined €50,000 for the incident by the DFB.
OTHER RECENT CASES OF RACISM IN FOOTBALL
England players Jadon Sancho, Marcus Rashford, and Bukayo Saka were all victims of racist abuse on social media after missing penalties in the Euro 2020 final defeat against Italy. Each player published a statement during the week in which they spoke out against the discrimination. “There is no place for racism or hate of any kind in football or in any area of society,” Saka wrote.
Marcus Rashford says he expects to receive racist comments after missing a penalty in Manchester United’s draw with Sunderland. The England striker said:
“MY PENALTY WAS NOT GOOD ENOUGH, IT SHOULD HAVE GONE IN BUT I WILL NEVER APOLOGISE FOR WHO I AM AND WHERE I CAME FROM”
Saka has also admitted he is used to receiving racist abuse on social media.