Germany’s Olympic football team walk off pitch after star is ‘racially abused’

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Germany's Olympic football team have walked off the pitch during their Tokyo 2020 warm-up fixture against Honduras and reported that Jordan Torunarigha was 'racially abused'.

The young stars go into the tournament as one of the favourites, with Max Kruse, Maximilian Arnold and Nadiem Amiri selected as the three players aged over 23.

Coach Stefan Kuntz included seven players who won the U21 European Championships in June, but their preparations have been met with unpleasant scenes.

The team decided to walk off the pitch following abuse directed at Torunarigha, a 23-year-old defender for Hertha Berlin who has been capped by five different Germany youth sides.

Having detailed the friendly against Honduras on Saturday morning, a follow up tweet from their official account announced that the match had been paused.

Having intended to play three sections of 30 minutes, the game was stopped with time still to play as the scores sat level at one goal each.

They said: "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."

There were no spectators at the match which went ahead in Wakayama, Japan, which came ahead of Germany's Olympic opener against Brazil on Thursday, July 22.

Torunarigha made the team after making 14 Bundesliga appearances last season with Hertha going on to finish 14th in the table.

Horrifically, Torunarigha has been the subject of racist abuse in the past, with Schalke being fined €50,000 for an incident by the DFB in February of last year.

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