German football team leaves pitch after Jordan Torunarigha ‘allegedly racially abused’

‘If one of our players is being racially abused, moving on is not an option’: Germany’s Olympic football team GOES OFF the pitch after defender Jordan Torunarigha ‘was insulted by a Honduras player’ during warm-up for Tokyo Games

Germany’s Olympic football team ran off the field during a friendly against Honduras after alleged racial abuse against their player Jordan Torunarigha.

With the warm-up game of the Olympic Games in Tokyo tied 1-1 against the Central American team in Wakayama, the German players left the field together five minutes after defender Torunarigha was reportedly racially insulted.

German football journalist Kerry Hau has indicated that the insult came from a player from Honduras.

A tweet from Germany’s official Twitter read: ‘The game ended 5 minutes early with the 1-1. The German players left the field after Jordan Torunarigha was racially abused.’

Coach Stefan Kuntz, meanwhile, added: “If one of our players is being racially abused, playing on is not an option.”

German players walked off the field during an Olympic warm-up match against Hoduras after alleged racial abuse against defender Jordan Torunarigha

A tweet from Germany’s official Twitter read: ‘The game ended 5 minutes early with the 1-1. The German players left the field after Jordan Torunarigha was racially abused.’

Coach Stefan Kuntz, meanwhile, added: “If one of our players is being racially abused, playing on is not an option.”

However, Honduras insisted it was a misunderstanding, tweeting itself: “The match was halted after 87 minutes due to a German player claiming a racial insult by a Honduran national team.

“The Honduran national team says that the situation on the field passes as a misunderstanding.”

The game – which was to take place in three-thirds of 30 minutes each – was just before the stoppage thanks to an 84th minute equalizing goal by Felix Uduokhai’a for Germany after Douglas Martinez gave Honduras a 21-minute lead.

All Germany players would have run away five minutes before the end

All Germany players would have run away five minutes before the end

It is not the first time Torunarigha has been the subject of racial abuse after the Hertha Berlin player was targeted by Schalke fans during a German Cup encounter in February last year.

The German side was subsequently fined £42,000 for the incident by the DFB.

The match was a warm-up for Germany’s Olympic campaign, which starts on Thursday against Brazil, with Saudi Arabia and Ivory Coast the other sides in Group D.

Honduras is in Group B alongside New Zealand, South Korea and Romania, who they play in their opening game on Thursday.

Teams are therefore making their final preparations for the start of Tokyo 2020 next week, with the football event on July 21 and the final on August 7.

It follows the racist abuse targeting England players Marcus Rashford (left), Jadon Sancho (center left) and Bukayo Saka (right) after their Euro 2020 Final defeat to Italy

It follows the racist abuse targeting England players Marcus Rashford (left), Jadon Sancho (center left) and Bukayo Saka (right) after their Euro 2020 Final defeat to Italy

Racism in football has been a prominent issue this summer following the social media abuse of England players Marcus Rashford, Jadon Sancho and Marcus Rashford after missing penalties in the Euro 2020 final.

Saka, a 19-year-old who missed the final sentence, has made a strong statement against the horrific abuse he has endured online.

“There is no place for racism or hatred of any kind in football or in any part of society and for the majority of people who come together to call on the people who send these messages, by taking action.” and report these comments to the police and drive to dispel the hatred by being nice to each other, we will win,” Saka wrote on Thursday.

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