Tokyo 2020: Germany’s men’s soccer team set off for friendly due to alleged racist abuse

Jordan Torunarigha has played for Germany since the under-18 level

The German men’s Olympic football team left the field five minutes from the end of their friendly against Honduras after defender Jordan Torunarigha was reportedly subjected to racist abuse.

The match, played behind closed doors over three 30-minute periods, did not resume and ended 1-1.

Torunarigha, 23, plays his club football for Hertha Berlin.

Honduras led after the first period with Ausburg’s Felix Uduokhai equalizing in the final third.

A Tweeterexternal link of the German national team’s official account in English said: “The match ended 5 minutes earlier with a score of 1-1. The German players left the pitch after Jordan Torunarigha was abused racist. “

The official account of the Honduran national team tweetedexternal link that the incident was “a misunderstanding”.

Germany manager Stefan Kuntz, who played 25 times for the national team between 1993 and 1997, said: “When one of our players is the victim of racist abuse, continuing to play is not an option. “

The match was a warm-up for their Olympic campaign, which begins against Brazil on Thursday, July 22.

Torunarigha made 14 league appearances last season as Hertha finished 14th in the Bundesliga.

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