The Germany Olympics football team have walked off the pitch in a friendly match against Honduras after Jordan Torunarigha was ‘racially abused’.
The score was level at 1-1 before the incident took place, with the German players walking off with five minutes remaining.
The team decided to walk off the pitch following the abuse directed at Torunarigha, a 23-year-old defender for Bundesliga side Hertha Berlin.
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Posting on Twitter, the Germany national team said: “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.”
Who committed the alleged racism is yet to be confirmed, with journalist Ronan Murphy saying it was a Honduran player.
The German’s go into the Olympics as one of the favourites to win the gold medal.
Coach Stefan Kuntz included seven players who won the U21 European Championships in June.
Max Kruse, Maximilian Arnold and Nadiem Amiri were selected as the three players aged over 23 in the squad.
Unfortunately, racism is still extremely prominent in the world of football, both on the pitch and off it.
This incident comes shortly after Jadon Sancho and his England team-mates Marcus Rashford and Bukayo Saka were targeted online after missing from the spot in the penalty shootout which finished their side’s hopes of winning Euro 2020.
Sancho, who apologised for his role in a disappointing conclusion to a dramatic contest, admitted he was not surprised by what followed, but is adamant those responsible cannot be allowed to get away with it.
In a post on his official Instagram account, Sancho said: “I’m not going to pretend that I didn’t see the racial abuse that me and my brothers Marcus and Bukayo received after the game, but sadly it’s nothing new. As a society we need to do better, and hold these people accountable.
“Hate will never win. To all the young people who have received similar abuse, hold your heads up high and keep chasing the dream.”
England, who had seen Luke Shaw’s early goal cancelled out by Leonardo Bonucci during normal time, eventually lost 3-2 on penalties despite keeper Jordan Pickford heroically saving two Italian spot-kicks.
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