Germany's Olympic Team Abandons Friendly Match After Alleged Racist Abuse
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The German men's Olympic soccer team left the pitch five minutes before the end of their warm-up game against Honduras in Wakayama, Japan on Saturday after defender Jordan Torunarigha was allegedly racially abused.
We stand with you Jordan Torunarigha. https://t.co/AWAD7bII7l
— Bayer 04 Leverkusen (@bayer04_en) July 17, 2021
The game, played behind closed doors in three 30-minute periods, was tied at 1-1 at the time of the incident, which the Honduras national team said was a misunderstanding.
"The game has ended 5 minutes early with the score at 1-1. The Germany players left the pitch after Jordan Torunarigha was racially abused," the national team said on Twitter
Germany's Olympic soccer coach and former international Stefan Kuntz added, "When one of our players is racially abused, playing on is not an option."
— Germany (@DFB_Team_EN) July 17, 2021
Germany begin their Olympic Group D campaign against Brazil on July 22, while Honduras will take on Romania in their Group B opener.
(Reporting by Hritika Sharma in Bengaluru; Editing by Hugh Lawson)