Germany is leaving the field after alleged racial abuse
Germany left the field on Saturday during an Olympic warm-up match against Honduras on allegations of racial abuse. The German side left the competition five minutes from the end after defender Jordan Torunarigha was reportedly racially insulted by a player in Honduras, the Associated Press said.
Germany’s coach Stefan Kuntz and Torunarigha’s club Hertha Berlin agreed to the decision to leave the field. Kuntz said it was “not an option to continue playing” if a player on the team was racially insulted. Hertha Berlin said the change was “the only right decision. “
Kuntz added that the Honduras team came by after the incident and apologized.
The Honduran Football Association acknowledged the racial abuse allegations but said the problem was due to “a misunderstanding on the field”.
The competition ended in a 1-1 draw.
Germany will play the first Olympic game on Thursday
The game against Honduras was Germany’s last race to catch up before the Olympic Games. The team will face Brazil on July 22nd. Brazil is in Group D with Brazil, Ivory Coast, and Saudi Arabia. Germany will meet the Saudi Arabian team on July 25th and the Ivory Coast team on July 28th.
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