German players left the field after their defender Jordan Torunariga was racially humiliated during the Olympics warm-up against Honduras on Saturday.
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The German Olympic team stepped off the field in a pre-tournament warm-up match against Honduras on Saturday after a player was racially assaulted.
The match was interrupted five minutes at 1-1 after Hertha BSC defender Jordan Torunariga was racially discriminated against.
The 23-year-old defender was raised to 21 for the Germany national team, which he chose to represent in front of Nigeria, his parents’ nation.
The center-back was screamed by a monkey during a match against Schalke in February 2020, and the German Football Association (DFB) confirmed that a Honduran player had racially insulted him on Saturday.
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The football section of the Olympics is due to start in four days, and the team had a preparatory match before the tournament against Honduras, which will also be in the games.
The game was fielded 1: 1, with five minutes before the end of the game, German players reportedly left the field in solidarity with their teammate, although no details of the incident were reported.
The German Football Association published an update during the game: “The game ended 5 minutes early, with a score of 1: 1. The German national team players left the field after Jordan Torunariga suffered racial violence.”
Later, Honduras confirmed that the match ended in a 1-1 draw, but did not mention that the game was over before their opponents left the field.
This is the latest incident of racism in the sport after a week in which Marcus Rashford, Jadon Sancho and Bukayo Saka – all missed penalties for England in their final Euro 2020 defeat to Italy – were racist online violence.
Earlier this year, Valencia players stepped off the field during a match against Cadiz after their defender Muktar Diahabi claimed that his opponent Juan Cala had racially insulted him.
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Subsequent investigations found no evidence of abuse, although play resumed – without Diahabi, who requested a replacement – after a short delay.
Germany is one of 16 countries participating in the tournament and one of three European countries – along with Spain, Romania and France.
Historic South American rivals Brazil and Argentina also enter the tournament with a strong lineup that includes many of the most recognizable football names.
They will be joined by Japan, the Ivory Coast African trio, Egypt and South Africa, as well as New Zealand, Australia, Mexico, Honduras, South Korea and Saudi Arabia.
The reigning champions Brazil is in the same group as Germany, Cote d’Ivoire and Saudi Arabia – the two best of them advance to the quarterfinals.
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