German FA investigate Union defender Huebner over racism allegation


Berlin (AFP) – The German FA (DFB) have confirmed they are investigating Union Berlin defender Florian Huebner over an allegation of racism made following Friday’s Bundesliga match at home to Bayer Leverkusen.

According to the DFB, “there are suspicions”, Huebner aimed “a racist insult” at Leverkusen midfielder Nadiem Amiri, whose parents are from Afghanistan, after the final whistle of Union’s 1-0 win.

Union have rejected any accusation of racism.

However, in a post-match interview Leverkusen defender Jonathan Tah said he heard “shitty Afghan” said in the direction of Germany international Amiri. 

“As a first step, we will write to all those involved and ask them to make statements, then evaluate,” said the DFB in a statement.

“Regardless of the outcome, the DFB does not tolerate any racism or discrimination.

“This is an absolute no-go for us and will be punished accordingly, if proven.”

According to Leverkusen, Amiri has accepted an apology from Huebner.

“He spoke to me in the dressing room after the game. Emotions on the pitch led to some unpleasant words, for which he is very sorry,” Amiri said in a statement.

“That’s why the matter is now closed for me.”

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