Berlin (AFP) – Police in Gelsenkirchen are investigating allegations of racist abuse suffered during a German Cup match by Hertha Berlin defender Jordan Torunarigha, who on Thursday slammed the “idiots” responsible on social media.
The 22-year-old defender was allegedly the victim of monkey chants and other racist insults during Hertha’s 3-2 extra-time loss to Schalke in Gelsenkirchen on Tuesday.
“Yes, we are investigating, even if no complaint has yet been received,” a police spokesman told AFP subsidiary SID.
Neither Torunarigha nor Hertha have yet filed a complaint, but police say they are “talking to the club and watching video footage” of the incident.
The German Football Association (DFB) also launched an investigation on Wednesday.
Should the culprits be identified, Schalke has said “there will be consequences” and sports director Jochen Schneider insists the club will show “zero tolerance”.
Visibly upset, Torunarigha was sent off in extra time for a second yellow card after throwing a crate of drinks in frustration on the sidelines and took to social media on Thursday to address the incident.
“I was born in Germany, I grew up here, I graduated from high school here, I speak German like everybody else, so I can’t understand these comments made by a few idiots during the game,” Torunarigha wrote on Instagram.
“I’m glad that I have the good fortune to have such support from my family, my team-mates and the club.
“Maybe not everyone in such a situation has that.”
Torunarigha was born in Chemnitz, where he spent the first eight years of his life, after his father Ojokojo moved there from Nigeria in 1990, shortly after the fall of the Berlin Wall.
Torunarigha’s father signed for the local football club Chemnitzer FC and was one of the first black players to play in former East Germany.
“I was born in Chemnitz, I went through all that when I was young,” Torunarigha added on Instagram.
“My parents were insulted.
“That’s why a situation like Schalke upsets me so much and why I reacted so emotionally.”
200+ Channels With Sports & News
- Starting price: $33/mo. for fubo Latino Package
- Watch Premier League, World Cup, Euro 2024 & more
Live & On Demand TV Streaming
- Price: $35/mo. for Sling Blue
- Watch Premier League, World Cup & MLS
Many Sports & ESPN Originals
- Price: $9.99/mo. (or get ESPN+, Hulu & Disney+ for $13.99/mo.)
- Features Bundesliga, LaLiga, Championship, & more
2,000+ soccer games per year
- Price: $4.99/mo
- Features Champions League, Serie A, Europa League & NWSL
175 Premier League Games & PL TV
- Starting price: $4.99/mo. for Peacock Premium
- Watch 175 exclusive EPL games per season
110+ channels, live & on-demand
- Price: $59.95/mo. for Plus Package
- Includes FOX, FS1, ESPN, TUDN & more
- Arsenal set Women’s Super League attendance record
- Southgate, Kane claim England are nearly powerless over Qatar
- Premier League should be decreased to 18 teams, says David Dein
- Southgate holding England back from being world beaters
- Where to find Mexico vs. Peru on US TV
- Where to find Czech Republic vs. Portugal on US TV
- Where to find Spain vs. Switzerland on US TV
- Where to find Scotland vs. Ireland on US TV
- England relegated from top tier of UEFA Nations League
- Cristiano Ronaldo charged by FA over incident with Everton fan