Germany Olympic football team end friendly match after alleged racist abuse

The Germany Olympic football team walked out of their friendly against Honduras on Saturday after Jordan Torunarigha allegedly suffered racist abuse during the match.

The two countries were playing the friendly in Wakayama, Japan with no spectators ahead of the Tokyo Games which begin on 23 July.

The score was 1-1 with five minutes left to be played when the German players walked off the pitch, with the team’s official Twitter account posting: ‘The Germany players left the pitch after Jordan Torunarigha was racially abused.’

Germany Under-21 manager Stefan Kuntz, who is leading the Olympic side, said: ‘When one of our players is racially abused, playing on is not an option.’

On Kuntz’s comments that playing on is not an option, Torunarigha’s club Hertha Berlin tweeted: ‘That is the only right decision.’

The player was also shown support by Bundesliga side Bayer Leverkusen, who tweeted: ‘!! #SayNoToRacism !!

‘We stand with you Jordan Torunarigha.’

Torunarigha has been the victim of racist abuse in the past, with the Hertha Berlin defender targeted by Schalke fans in February 2020 for which the club were fined €50,000 by the DFB.

Honduras are competing at the Olympics this summer, due to start their campaign in Group B against Romania on 22 July.

Germany are in Group B alongside Brazil, Ivory Coast and Saudi Arabia and are due to star their tournament against the Brazilians on the same day.

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