While no Bayern Munich players are present, Germany’s Olympic squad, consisting of players like Max Kruse and Maximilian Arnold, is currently in Japan preparing for the tournament. Today the team played a friendly against Honduras, in one of their warmup games before the olympics properly begin.
Unfortunately, the Germans were forced to walk off the field five minutes early with the score at 1-1, due to Hertha Berlin’s Jordan Torunarigha being racially abused at the match:
ℹ️ The game has ended 5 minutes early with the score at 1-1. The Germany players left the pitch after Jordan Torunarigha was racially abused.#WirfuerD #Tokyo2020 pic.twitter.com/D85Q63Ynr9— Germany (@DFB_Team_EN) July 17, 2021
In recent times, walking off actions have deseveredly become more commonplace and one would hope that similar actions are taken if similar abuse occurs at the Olympics.
Torunarigha of course, was also the target of racist abuse back in February 2020, in Hertha’s DFB-Pokal match vs. Schalke. His words from after the event still ring true:
No one can pick their skin color at birth, and it shouldn’t even matter at all. Just as different skin colors, religions, and origins are simply a matter of course among us athletes in the locker room, so should they be in our society!