In the aftermath of the Blues' difficult victory over South Korea, the German Olympic team left the field after 85 minutes of play in a friendly match against Honduras, in preparation for the Tokyo Olympics, which begin on Friday. next.
In question, racist remarks made against his defender Jordan Torunarigha.
“The match ended 5 minutes before the end with a score of 1-1.
The German players left the field after Jordan Torunarigha was the victim of racist remarks, ”tweeted the German Federation (DFB) on Saturday.
ℹ️ The game has ended 5 minutes early with the score at 1-1.
The Germany players left the pitch after Jordan Torunarigha was racially abused. # WirfuerD # Tokyo2020 pic.twitter.com/D85Q63Ynr9
- Germany (@DFB_Team_EN) July 17, 2021
“When one of our players is a victim of racism, playing is not an option,” said German team coach Stefan Kuntz.
For its part, the Honduran federation alleged on Twitter a "misunderstanding on the ground" during the meeting, the last of the Mannschaft before its entry into contention in the Olympic tournament.
The Germans, silver medalists in 2016, start on July 22 against defending champions Brazil.
Torunarigha had already denounced, in February 2020, monkey cries uttered in the stands by supporters of Schalke 04 during a German Cup match with his club, Hertha Berlin. His reaction on the ground had at the time earned him to be excluded, fueling the recurring controversy over racism in the stadiums.