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Germany's Olympic Football Team Walk Off in Honduras Friendly After Alleged Racist Abuse

By Amreen
Germany Olympic football team left the pitch after alleged racial abuse
Germany Olympic football team left the pitch after alleged racial abuse / DANIEL ROLAND/Getty Images

Germany's Olympic football team walked off the pitch during a friendly against Honduras after Jordan Torunarigha was allegedly racially abused.

Stefan Kuntz's side were up against the Central American nation ahead of the 2020 Olympics which are scheduled to start next week. With the scores level at 1-1, the Germany players left the field five minutes before full time, claiming that Hertha Berlin defender Torunarigha was subjected to racial abuse.

A tweet from the team's official Twitter account read: "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."

Coach Kuntz added: "When one of our players is racially abused, playing on is not an option."

Honduras however insisted it was a misunderstanding, and tweeted: "The game was abandoned on 87 minutes due to the fact that a German player alleged an racist insult on the part of a Honduran national team. On the subject, the Honduran national team expresses that the situation passes as a misunderstanding on the pitch."

This isn't the first time Torunarigha has been subject to racial abuse. The Hertha Berlin defender was targeted by Schalke fans during a German Cup clash in February last year. Schalke were subsequently fined £42,000 for the incident by the DFB.

The abuse directed at Torunarigha comes after a torrid few weeks that have seen English trio, Marcus Rashford, Jadon Sancho, and Bukayo Saka enduring a ton of racial abuse on social media after their missed penalties in the Euro 2020 final against Italy.

19-year-old Arsenal star Saka issued a powerful statement on social media, saying: "There is no place for racism or hate of any kind in football or in any area of society and to the majority of people coming together to call out the people sending these messages, by taking action and reporting these comments to the police and by driving out the hate by being kind to one another, we will win".