Germany’s Olympic team have walked off the pitch during their friendly with Honduras after defender Jordan Torunarigha was allegedly racially abused.
Stefan Kuntz’s side are currently readying themselves for this summer’s Olympic games in Tokyo, with the clash against Honduras their final outing before their campaign kicks off.
However, the match has been curtailed after Torunarigha was allegedly racially abused, leading to the entire German team walking off the pitch.
The match was locked at 1-1 with just five minutes remaining when the players departed the field, and with the Germany team refusing to restart the game it’s been confirmed the final five minutes will not be played.
Felix Uduokhai had drawn Die Mannschaft level after their Central American opponents had taken the lead.
As of yet it’s unclear exactly who directed the alleged abuse towards Torunarigha – and of course for the time being they’re purely allegations – though it seems highly unlikely that the whole Germany side would decide to take such a strong stance without substantial evidence.
While the matter is far bigger than football, the events which have unfolded are hardly the greatest preparations for Germany’s Olympic campaign which begins in less than a week’s time.
Kuntz’s men will face Brazil in their first outing of the competition on July 22, with games against Saudi Arabia and the Ivory Coast to follow.
It remains to be seen what – if any – punishment will be dished out to the Honduras side, though there is the possibility that their participation in this summer’s Olympic games could be at risk if the allegations are found to be true.
Honduras have been drawn in Group B alongside New Zealand, South Korea and Romania, and had been readying themselves for their first game of the tournament against Romania on July 22.