According to the German Football Association, Germany’s Olympic soccer squad walked off the field during a friendly match against Honduras because one of its players was racially harassed (DFB).
“With a score of 1-1, the game was called off 5 minutes early. After Jordan Torunarigha was racially harassed, Germany’s players left the field “The DFB tweeted.
Torunarigha is a Black defender who plays for Germany.
The Honduran Football Federation did not answer to CNN’s requests for comment via email or phone, but in a tweet, the organization stated the “reported racial insult” was a “misunderstanding” on the field.
The match against Honduras took place in Wakayama, Japan, and was the final practice for the German side before their first Olympic match on July 22, according to the DFB.
“When of our players is racially abused, playing on is not an option,” Germany coach Stefan Kuntz said in a statement
“When one of our players is racially abused, playing on is not an option.”
“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.”
“After the situation calmed down a bit, the whole Honduras team came over to us on the bench and apologised,” Kuntz said. “That was the end of the matter for us.”
Torunarigha’s club, Hertha Berlin, responded by saying “that’s the only correct decision!”
Germany captain Maximilian Arnold said the team discussed taking the matter further but decided against it.
“We made a correct statement, we made the right decisions and acted correctly. It was also Jordan’s wish. He said that we should leave it at that,” Arnold said.
The behind-closed-doors warm-up game was arranged to prepare for the Olympic Games and took place in Wakayama, Japan.
The German football association confirmed the game was played in thirds of 30 minutes with Douglas Martinez scoring for Honduras in the 21st minute.
Felix Uduokhai equalised for Germany in the 84th minute, but Germany left the pitch soon after.
In February 2020, Hertha BSC player Torunarigha was racially abused by fans of an opposing team in a German Cup match. The DFB fined Bundesliga club Schalke roughly $59,000 over the incident.