According to the German Football Federation (DFB), the German Olympic football team left the field during a friendly match with Honduras after one of the German players was racially abused.
“The match ended 5 minutes early and the score was 1-1. The German players left the field after Jordan Torunarigha’s race was put to use,” the DFB said.
Torunarigha, who is black, plays a defensive role in Germany.
The Honduras Football Association did not respond to CNN’s request for comment via email or phone, but the organization said in a tweet that the “alleged racial insult” was a “misunderstanding” on the pitch.
According to the DFB, the match with Honduras took place in Wakayama, Japan and was the last training session before the first Olympic Games in Germany on July 22.
Germany’s Olympic soccer team walks off the pitch during friendly match over alleged racial abuse:
The friendly was scheduled for three 30-minute matches, but at the end of the third game, German head coach Stefan Kuntz and his team left the field early.
“When one of our players is racially abused, it’s not an option to play,” Kuntz said. He said.
The International Olympic Committee (IOC) told CNN on Sunday that the organization has contacted both FIFA and the Honduran National Olympic Committee.
“We understand that the two teams resolved their differences after the match,” the IOC said in a statement. “Any discriminatory behavior is absolutely unacceptable. If it had participated in the Olympics, the IOC would have acted immediately.”
Hertha Berlin’s Jordan Torunarigha runs the ball in a pre-season friendly against MSV Neuruppin on July 7, 2021 at the Neuruppiner Volkspark Stadium in Neuruppin, Germany.
In February 2020, Hertha BSC player Torunarigha was racially abused by fans of the opposing team during a German Cup match.
DFB, the Bundesliga club Schalke was fined about $ 59,000 for the incident.
The Olympics will last until August 8.
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