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Walkout over racism

Germany’s Olympic soccer team walked off the field during a preparation match for the Tokyo Games on Saturday in response to alleged racist abuse from an opposing Honduras player toward German defender Jordan Torunarigha.

The players left the field together with five minutes remaining in the game after Torunarigha was “racially insulted,” the German soccer federation said on Twitter.

“If one of our players is racially abused, it’s not an option for us to keep playing,” Germany coach Stefan Kuntz said. “It was hard to get him in, he was terribly upset because he said he was repeatedly racially abused,” he continued. “For us it’s clear, this violates our values, we cannot tolerate it.”

The Honduran federation said the “situation occurred due to a misunderstanding on the field of play.”


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