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Kuntz: Leaving the pitch against Honduras was a strong statement

Sun 18 July 2021 | 7:14

Germany's Olympic football coach is happy with his side’s decision to walk off the field due to alleged racial abuse.

Germany faced Honduras in a pre-Olympics friendly on Saturday. Following a first half-opener by Douglas Martinez, Germany managed to get the equalizer by

Felix Uduokhai

’s goal in the 84th minute. However, the game was brought to an early end two minutes later as the German players decided to walk off the pitch due to alleged racial abuse toward

Jordan Torunarigha

.

"The game has ended five minutes early with the score at 1-1. The Germany players left the pitch after Jordan Torunarigha was racially abused."

reads a

post

by the official account of Germany’s Olympic team.

In a post-match interview, Germany’s manager

Stefan Kuntz

supported his side’s decision to walk off the pitch.

"When one of our players is racially abused, playing on is not an option,"

Kuntz told a press conference.

"It was a strong statement. After the situation calmed down, the whole Honduras squad came to us and apologised. That was the end of the topic for us.

"We talked to each other about whether we should do anything else, but Jordan said 'No, that was a strong enough statement'.

"We want to end the subject there because now we fly to Yokohama to prepare for our next game."

The allegedly abused Torunarigha plays for Hertha Berlin and has represented Germany in both U16 and U23 levels.

"His team-mates picked him up straight away and hugged him for a few minutes,"

Kuntz added.

"He was very relaxed and you could tell he was happy to be with us. Afterwards we even started to joke a bit again.

"This team is great. It helps of course when you can see that your colleagues support you so much. It's also a strong statement from Jordan to say what we did was enough."

Germany will start their Olympics journey with a match against

Brazil

on July 22. Kuntz’s side will continue their Group D campaign with games against

Saudi Arabia

and

Ivory Coast

.


source: SportMob