Arsenal loanee Jordi Osei-Tutu subject of racist abuse during first match with VfL Bochum
Last Updated: 10/07/19 4:11pm
German side VFL Bochum are investigating claims of racial abuse aimed at Arsenal loanee Jordi Osei-Tutu.
The 20-year-old was subject of an incident in his first game for the club since joining last month, a friendly against Swiss side St Gallen on Tuesday night.
He reposted a video of the incident, showing him visibly upset while his team-mates tried to defuse the situation, on his Instagram feed with the caption "Say No To Racism".
"I am very disappointed about what happened," said Osei-Tutu.
"No one should ever be subject to any discrimination and it is really hard to understand how a fellow professional footballer could do this.
"Arsenal and Bochum have provided great support to me and I hope that if nothing else, we can show that racism has no place within football."
In another social media post, Bochum have announced they will be looking into the incident and reassured fans that they will be supporting their player.
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#SayNoToRacism! #meinVfL verurteilt jegliche Form von Rassismus vehement. Jordi, wir stehen hinter dir! 💙 Der Vorfall im gestrigen Testspiel gegen den FC St.Gallen 1879 wird weiter mit allen Beteiligten aufgearbeitet. Der Verein behält sich weitere Schritte vor. __________ #SayNoToRacism! #meinVfL vehemently condemns all forms of racism. Jordi, we stand behind you! 💙 The incident in yesterday's test game against FC St.Gallen 1879 will be further processed with all participants. The club reserves the right to take further steps.
"VfL Bochum vehemently condemns all forms of racism," said the club. "Jordi, we stand behind you!
"The incident in yesterday's test game against St Gallen will be further processed with all participants. The club reserves the right to take further steps."
Arsenal also released a statement on Wednesday saying they are "working closely with Bochum and Jordi and we are giving him our full support.
"Racism has no place in our game and we do not tolerate any form of discrimination."
Osei-Tutu stepped up to Arsenal's U23s in 2018 and made 18 appearances to help win the title, but is yet to debut with the senior team.
In April, the Arsenal player participated in the PFA's "Enough" campaign making a stand against racism and abuse in football.
Bochum, who are based just outside of Dortmund, play in 2. Bundesliga and finished last season in 11th place.