Following an incident of racist abuse, Germany’s Olympic squad abandoned its friendly match against Honduras. Reportedly, a Honduran player directed racial remarks towards defender Jordan Torunarigha, who is black.
Near the game’s end at the 87th minute, the team walked off the field in response to the abuse. Officials ended the game with a 1-1 draw. According to coach Stefan Kuntz, the team made a collective decision with the player in mind.
“If one of our players is racially abused, it’s not an option for us to keep playing. 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.”Stefan Kuntz
The game was Germany’s last in a series of friendlies before the Olympics. Unfortunately, the alleged racism put a stain on these matches.
It is unknown whether FIFA or the Olympics will investigate the matter, but there is also uncertainty between both sides. Honduras’ Football Association claims there was a misunderstanding. However, the German players and staff certainly didn’t see it that way.
Oddly enough, many of Honduras’ players are black, putting the situation in further question. Without an investigation, many might never know as the match hosted no fans behind closed doors.
Germany still has games scheduled for the Olympics, where they hope to bring glory to their nation. Following the burden of racism, a win in the tournament would seem priceless. In addition, Germany’s senior team also failed to do much at the 2020 Euros. It seems the perfect setup for German redemption. The team plays its first match on Thursday against reigning Olympic champions Brazil.