Olympics: Germany's men's football team walk off in friendly due to alleged racial abuse

During a warm-up match for the Tokyo Olympics, Germany's men's football team walked off the pitch five minutes before the end after Hertha Berlin defender Jordan Torunarigha was subjected to racial abuse, according to the team's official Twitter account

Jordan Torunarigha in action for Germany in a 2019 friendly against France
Image: Jordan Torunarigha in action for Germany in a 2019 friendly against France

Germany's men's Olympics football team left the pitch five minutes before the end of a warm-up match against Honduras after one of their players was allegedly racially abused.

The team faced Honduras in preparation for the 2020 Olympics, which begin next week, taking part in shorter matches to test their fitness in Japan.

The Germans were tied at 1-1 with their Central American opponents, with Germany equalising thanks to a goal from Felix Uduokhai.

However, the players walked off the field with five minutes left to play, with the team's Twitter account claiming that the players decided to leave because Hertha Berlin defender Jordan Torunarigha had been racially insulted.

The Honduras national team then confirmed that the game had been abandoned after "an alleged racist insult" directed at a Germany player.

Yet they insisted that Germany's stance came about due to a "misunderstanding on the pitch".

A statement from the International Olympic Committee (IOC) on Sunday read: "The IOC took immediate contact with both FIFA and the NOC of Honduras on this incident and we understand that the two teams resolved their differences after the match.

"Any kind of discriminatory behaviour is absolutely unacceptable. If it were to take place at the Olympic Games, the IOC would act immediately."

Uni withdraws student's offer over racist abuse of England trio

A university has withdrawn an offer to a student following racist abuse towards England players after the Euro 2020 final.

Video footage from a Snapchat group chat circulated on Instagram, with one individual heard using racist language towards Marcus Rashford, Jadon Sancho and Bukayo Saka, who each missed penalties in the shootout at Wembley.

A spokesperson from Nottingham Trent University said: "This allegation does not involve an NTU student. We do not tolerate any form of discrimination, including racism.

"We looked into this matter immediately and as a result have withdrawn an offer to an applicant."

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