Germany’s Olympic soccer team walked off the pitch during a warm-up match with Honduras for the upcoming Tokyo Games, citing racist abuse of one of their players.
“The game has ended 5 minutes early with the score at 1-1. Germany players left the pitch after Jordan Torunarigha was racially abused,” Twitter from DFB said.
However, in reacting to the tweet, Honduras Football Federation confirmed that the game was abandoned in the 87th minute “due to the fact that a German player alleged a supposed racist insult on the part of a Honduran national team player.”
The Honduran federation said the “situation occurred due to a misunderstanding on the field of play.”
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 apologized,” Kuntz said. “That was the end of the matter for us.”
The 23-year-old Torunarigha, who is the son of former player Ojokojo Torunarigha of Nigeria, has faced racist abuse before. He was targeted with monkey chants by some Schalke fans in a German Cup game on Feb. 4, 2020. Schalke was fined 50,000 euros ($54,600) for its supporters’ abuse.