After Torunahiga was allegedly racistally abusing Torunahiga, Jordan Torunarigha of Germany and his team-mates left the field on Saturday.
Two countries were participating in an Olympic warm-up match in Wakayama (Japan) behind closed doors. The abuse resulted in the game being played in three 30-minute segments, which ended five minutes earlier than expected, Germany’s Twitter account confirmed. The score was 1-1.
The Honduras Football Federation denied that any racist comments were intentionally made. It stated on Twitter that “Regarding the matter, the Honduras Football Federation says that the situation was an error on the pitch.”
Torunarigha (23 years old) has not yet made a statement about the incident. However, his coach Stefan Kuntz did.
Kuntz stated, “Playing on is not an option if one of our players has been racially abusing.”
International soccer has seen a lot of incidents of racial abuse on and off the field, particularly in recent months.
Three Black players were subject to abuse online by England fans following the UEFA Euro 2021 Final, July 11. They had missed penalty kicks during a shootout that decided the game. England attempted to win its first international trophy since 1996 with the help of Marcus Rashford, Jadon Sancho and Bukayo Saka.
On July 15, four people were arrested for online abuse targeting players.
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U.S. Men’s National Team Defender Mark McKenzie claimed that he had been the victim of online racist attacks after the team’s victory over Mexico in June’s Concacaf Nations League final. McKenzie was the one who gave away the ball that led to Mexico’s goal, and later kept a handball in his box.
McKenzie posted on Twitter, “Supporters and non-supporters, fans or not…it’s about having respect to your fellow brothers or sisters from all corners of the Earth because our diversity makes us so powerful.”