The German men’s Olympic team left the pitch five minutes before the end of their warmup game against Honduras on Saturday after defender Jordan Torunarigha was allegedly racially abused.
The game, played behind closed doors in Wakayama, 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
“When one of our players is racially abused, playing on is not an option,” said Germany’s Olympic coach Stefan Kuntz. “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. After the situation calmed down a bit, the whole Honduras team came over to us on the bench and apologised. That was the end of the matter for us.”
The Germany captain, Maximilian Arnold, said the team discussed taking the matter further but decided against it. “We made a correct statement, we made the right decisions and acted correctly,” he said. “It was also Jordan’s wish. He said that we should leave it at that.”
The match, which was due to comprise three thirds of 30 minutes each, saw Honduras take a 21st-minute lead through Douglas Martínez before Felix Uduokhai equalised for Germany in the 84th minute, just before the team left the pitch.
The match was a warm-up for Germany’s Olympic campaign which starts on Thursday against Brazil, while the other teams in Group D are Saudi Arabia and the Ivory Coast.
Honduras are in Group B at the Games, alongside New Zealand, South Korea and Romania, who they play in their opening game on Thursday.