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Leroy Sané, Ilkay Gündogan targeted by racist abuse in Wolfsburg

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The police are investigating after a well-known basketball commentator raised awareness of racist and neo-Nazi abuse directed at two of Germany’s stars.

WOLFSBURG, GERMANY - MARCH 20: Leroy Sane of Germany looks dejected following his team's draw in the International Friendly match between Germany and Serbia at Volkswagen Arena on March 20, 2019 in Wolfsburg, Germany.
Leroy Sane at Volkswagen Arena, March 20, 2019.
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An emotional video posted after Germany’s international friendly match against Serbia has brought to the attention of the local police three fans who targeted Leroy Sané and Ilkay Gündogan with racist abuse throughout the game. Well-known German basketball expert André “Dré” Voigt posted the video to his Facebook account after the match.

Achtung kein Basketball: Ich könnte kotzen.

Posted by André "Dré" Voigt on Wednesday, March 20, 2019

In it, Voigt describes how three fans seated behind him, approximately 30 years, old heckled Sané, calling him a Neger or Bimbo whenever he touched the ball, and abused Gündogan as “the Turk” and shouted at him in pseudo-Turkish throughout the second half of the game.

Voigt confronted the fans, two of whom came from the Wolfsburg area, but they continued to shout abuse, veering increasingly into neo-Nazi territory as the second half wore on. “It was like an AfD political convention,” Voigt said, referring to the hard-right, anti-immigrant and nationalist German political party popular especially in the former East Germany.

Voigt became emotional as he described the reaction of other fans:

And no one in this block said anything. No one. No one said anything at all. And it went on — with “Heil Hitler!” all of a sudden.

A police spokesman told the German press agency DPA, “We are checking [the reports] and will decide on what steps to take ” (DW).

In a press release, the DFB condemned the incident and confirmed that the purchaser of the seats occupied by the fans in question had been identified. The DFB urged fans to contact stewards when such incidents occur.