Schalke Issue Apology After Fans Racially Abuse Borussia Dortmund Under-19's Youssoufa Moukoko

Oct 18, 2020, 5:30 PM GMT+1
FC Schalke 04 v RB Leipzig - Bundesliga
Schalke have had problems with fan racism in the past | Lukas Schulze/Getty Images

Schalke have issued an apology after Borussia Dortmund wonderkid Youssoufa Moukoko was racially abused by their supporters during the Under-19 Revierderby.

Dortmund won Saturday's game 3-2, with Moukoko scoring all three goals. However, he was also the victim of racist abuse by a group of Schalke supporters during proceedings.

As reported by Constantin Eckner, the flashpoint came after the 15-year-old grabbed his third of the game.

Youssoufa Moukoko
Moukoko is tipped to be the next big thing for Dortmund | DeFodi Images/Getty Images

"After Youssoufa scored his third goal for [Dortmund's] under-19 team today, you could hear people shouting: "F*** off, you black ..." - "I break all your bones." - "Lay down in your grave." - "... funeral for you," Eckner reported.

Since then, Schalke have issued an apology via their Twitter account which stated: "With all emotions in the derby - we condemn such insults in the strongest possible way and expressly reject them.

"We will take the necessary measures together with @s04fanbelange."

This is the second time in 2020 that Die Knappen have experienced problems with racism within their fanbase. Back in February, the club were fined €50,000 after supporters were heard making monkey chants during a DfB Pokal game against Hertha BSC.

Meanwhile, in 2019 Schalke were also criticised for clearing chairman Clemens Tönnies of racism after he made comments which linked climate change with overpopulation in Africa.

"Then the Africans would stop cutting down trees and produce babies when it is dark," Tönnies is reported to have said (via the Guardian).

On the pitch, Schalke are a shambles. Their senior side currently sit rock bottom of the Bundesliga with three defeats from their opening three games. This included an embarrassing 8-0 defeat to Champions League holders Bayern Munich on the opening day.

Manager David Wagner was sacked recently with Manuel Baum - a former Germany Under-18 coach - taking over last month.