Germany’s Olympic football team walk off the pitch after alleged racist abuse

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Germany’s Olympic men’s football team abandoned their match with Honduras five minutes before the end after Hertha Berlin defender Jordan Torunarigha was allegedly racially abused. 

The encounter was tied at 1-1 entering the closing stages, before Torunarigha’s team-mates walked off in solidarity with the 23-year-old. 

The incident is believed to stem from a player on the opposition side, rather than a crowd member. 

Honduras’ men’s team have responded, putting it down to a “misunderstanding on the pitch”. 

The Germans are preparing for their Tokyo 2020 Olympics campaign with a series of warm-up matches in order to improve their fitness in Japan. 

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A statement from the German men’s team’s Twitter account read: “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.”

Honduras later responded to the incident with their own statement, reading: “The game was abandoned on 87 minutes due to the fact that a German player alleged an racist insult on the part of a Honduran national team.

“On the subject, the Honduran national team expresses that the situation passes as a misunderstanding on the pitch.”

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Incredibly, this is not young Torunarigha’s first run-in with racist abuse on a football pitch. 

In February 2020, Schalke were fined for targetting the defender while turning out for his domestic side, Hertha Berlin. 

Germany are ramping up for what they hope will be a better Olympics campaign after their Euro 2020 ended in disappointment at the hands of England. 

After opening the tournament well, Joachim Low’s side crumbled to a 2-0 loss at Wembley to crash out in the round of 16.

The aftermath of the tournament, from an English perspective, has been somewhat ugly after racist abuse was also aimed at the English players who missed penalties in the shootout against Italy. 

This latest incident involving the German Olympic team only adds to what has already been a troubling year regarding racism in football. 

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