Germany leaves Olympia after racist abuse in Torunarigha, Sports News

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Germany went off after 85 minutes of the pre-Olympic friendly against Honduras on Saturday after Jordan Torunarigha was racially insulted.

The 2016 silver medalists played against the Central Americans in Wakayama, Japan as they warmed up for their game campaign that kicks off against Masters Brazil on July 22nd.

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“The game ended 5 minutes earlier with a score of 1: 1. The German players left the field after Jordan Torunarigha was racially insulted,” tweeted the German Football Association (DFB).

National coach Stefan Kuntz defended his 23-year-old squad.

“If one of our players is racially insulted, continuing to play is not an option,” said the DFB’s Twitter account.

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The Honduras Football Association announced on Twitter that the situation was due to a “misunderstanding on the field”.

In February 2020, Hertha-Berliner central defender Torunarigha was sent off because he had reacted to alleged monkey chants by Schalke fans during a DFB Cup defeat.

In that game, Torunarigha, who is of Nigerian descent, picked up a water bottle carrier and slammed him to the ground before receiving a red card for the second bookable offense.