Olympic Games: Germany youth team walk off after alleged racial abuse
|German team walk off against Honduras after an alleged racial abuse on Jordan Torunarigha. (Photo credit: ESPN)
Germany’s Olympic team walked off the pitch during a friendly game against Honduras after youngster Jordan Torunarigha was allegedly racially abused.
The Honduras Football Federation published on Twitter:
"Game ended in the 87th [minute] due to abandonment because of a German
player alleging a racist insult from a Honduras team member.
Regarding this matter, the Honduras Football Federation
states that the situation was a misunderstanding on the pitch."
The statement continues: "The Honduras FA reaffirms its
faithful commitment to fighting against racial or ethnic discrimination following
national and football principles.
Honduras is multi-racial and inclusive national and our
Olympic team reflects and celebrates this diversity...
Our national players do not engage or have had any kind of
relationship with any practice of racial segregation and are firmly committed
to stand in solidarity with movements promoting equality and racial justice as
a fundamental principle of our nation."
"If one of our players is racially abused, it's not an
option for us to keep playing," Germany coach Stefan Kuntz said. "It
was hard to get him in, he was terribly upset because he said he was repeatedly
racially abused. For us it's clear, this violates our values, we cannot
tolerate it. We'll take our player completely under our protection."
Hertha Berlin football club where Torunarigha plays also
added their voice on social media saying: “That’s the correct decision!”