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Serge Gnabry talks about the racist incident in the match against Serbia

In an interview with BILD, Bayern Munich’s Serge Gnabry talks about various topics, among them about the exiled trio and the game against the Netherlands

WOLFSBURG, GERMANY - MARCH 20: Serge Gnabry of Germany arrives prior to the International Friendly match between Germany and Serbia at Volkswagen Arena on March 20, 2019 in Wolfsburg, Germany. Photo by Oliver Hardt/Bongarts/Getty Images

Serge Gnabry is on international duty for Germany’s national team this week and he will probably play an important role in the attack. Germany faces the Netherlands on Sunday evening and will play at Amsterdam Arena. It will be a good test for the rebranded national team. According to Bild, there is a high chance that Bayern Munich young star will start the match.

In his interview with BILD, Gnabry was asked who is the favorite between the two teams.

I say: We certainly do not have to hide, we have a good team and I think we are, at least, on par with Holland. The last game ended in a draw; we were close to a win. Therefore, we can have a confident approach on Sunday

Of course, the axed trio is still a hot topic for journalists and now it’s interesting to see whether anything is different at Germany’s training. Gnabry said,

If three such personalities are no longer there, then you notice that at first. That’s normal too. Our job is to grow together as a team. Everyone wants that, but to achieve that, you also need some patience.

The main problem for Germany against Serbia was the fact that they missed too many chances. They should have scored more goals, but in the end, managed to score only one. Can Gnabry be the solution for Germany’s attacking problems?

I tried to solve it in the F-youth level in Ditzingen [laughs]. I try to give my best, contribute my qualities. Basically, I can play many positions on offense. And no matter where I’m positioned, I’d like to pose a scoring threat.

During the game, there was racist heckling of Leroy Sané and Ilkay Gündogan and that created a major scandal. Gnabry did not hear it during the match but got the information from stories.

We got that from stories. Everyone in the national team knows that racism has no place in our country. We stand for diversity and tolerance. That goes without saying for us. It is sad that something like this happens — whether it’s an international match or everyday life. And you have to tackle it. That goes for all of us.

He also states that he hadn’t encountered racism of that level personally.

Somebody somewhere has certainly said something in another language, but I cannot remember being abused for that. Nevertheless, it is close to me, because I have the same skin color as Leroy. It’s just sad.

When confronting racism it is important to “raise your voice,” says Serge. He adds that the national team is always “committed for diversity and against racism.”

It is absurd to cheer for one player and insult the other because of his skin color. Racism belongs neither to the football stadium nor to other areas of society!

Germany plays against the Netherlands tonight and it will hopefully go without additional incidents and that we may enjoy a wonderful football match.

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