After alleged racist comments, Germany’s Olympic football squad walks off the field.
Five minutes before the finish of a warm-up match ahead of Tokyo 2020, the German Olympic football squad walked off.
After Hertha Berlin defender Jordan Torunarigha was reportedly racially abused, Germany’s Olympic men’s football team abandoned their match with Honduras five minutes before the conclusion.
The game was poised at 1-1 heading into the final minutes before Torunarigha’s teammates walked off in support of the 23-year-old.
The event is thought to have been caused by an opposing player rather than a spectator.
Honduras’ men’s squad has responded, blaming the incident on a “pitch misunderstanding.”
In order to increase their fitness in Japan, the Germans are preparing for their Tokyo 2020 Olympic campaign with a series of warm-up matches.
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With a score of 1-1, the game was called off 5 minutes early. After Jordan Torunarigha was racially assaulted, the Germany players departed the field. #Tokyo2020 pic.twitter.com/D85Q63Ynr9 #WirfuerD
“The game has finished 5 minutes early with the score at 1-1,” read a statement from the German men’s team’s Twitter account.
“After Jordan Torunarigha was racially assaulted, the Germany players departed the field.”
Honduras then issued their own statement in response to the incident, which said, “The game was abandoned on 87 minutes due to a German player alleging a racist comment on the part of a Honduran national team.”
“On the matter, the Honduran national team says the incident was caused by a misunderstanding on the field.”
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Surprisingly, this isn’t Torunarigha’s first encounter with racial abuse on the football field.
Schalke was punished in February 2020 for targeting the defender while he was playing for Hertha Berlin in his own country.
Germany is preparing for what they believe would be a more successful Olympic campaign after their Euro 2020 campaign ended in defeat to England.
After a strong start to the competition, Joachim Low’s side was eliminated in the round of 16 after a 2-0 loss at Wembley.
From an English perspective, the tournament’s aftermath has been quite nasty, after racist insults. “Brinkwire News in Condensed Form.”