Alleging racist insults to Jordan Torunariga, Germany withdrew on Saturday from its friendly match with Honduras.
On Saturday, the German football team left the match against Honduras, in the Japanese city of Wakayama, in preparation for the Olympic Games, alleging a racial insult to its player Jordan Torunariga.
“When one of our players is subjected to racist abuse, playing is not an option,” said coach Stefan Koontz.
The German Football Association stated on Twitter that the match, which drew 1-1, ended five minutes early: “The German players left the field after Jordan Torunariga was subjected to racist abuse.”
The Honduran Federation also used social media to defend itself, claiming that the whole thing was a “misunderstanding on the field”.
“The match ended in disqualification due to the fact that a German player allegedly made a racial insult by a Honduran player. In this regard, the Honduran Football Association understands that the situation was a misunderstanding on the playing field.” , is justified.
Germany will join Group D in Tokyo 2020 with the teams of Brazil, Ivory Coast and Saudi Arabia, while Honduras is in Group B with South Korea, New Zealand and Romania.
The Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games, postponed by one year due to the COVID-19 pandemic, will be held between July 23 and August 8.