German third tier team VfL Osnabruck pull away after teammate suffered racist abuse by MSV Duisburg fan

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A German third-division team left the field on Sunday after one of their players suffered racist abuse from an opposition supporter, leading to the match being suspended.

The game between MSV Duisburg and visiting team VfL Osnabruck was stopped in the 33rd minute when Aaron Opoku, on loan to the visiting team Hamburg, was the victim of a racist remark by a local supporter .

Opoku’s teammates then declined to play the remainder of the game at MSV Arena in solidarity with the player, leaving the game abandoned.

The fan was identified by officials at Duisburg Stadium and was thrown off the ground, as home fans chanted “Nazis Out” as they joined in solidarity with 22-year-old Opoku.

The PA stadium announcer in Duisburg then performed the anti-fascist song “Schrei nach Liebe” as they continued to display their disgust at what one of their own supporters said to the German player, who is of Ghanaian descent.

German third division team VfL Osnabruck left the pitch on Sunday after one of their players suffered racist abuse from a fan of MSV Duisburg opponents (above)

Osnabruck's Aaron Opoku (third from right) was the victim of a racist remark by a Duisburg fan

Osnabruck’s Aaron Opoku (third from right) was the victim of a racist remark by a Duisburg fan

A VfL spokesperson revealed that Opoku was mentally upset by the alleged remark, but praised Duisburg’s response to the incident.

VfL press secretary Sebastian Ruther told Magenta Sport after Sunday’s match was suspended: “I only heard it from above, but it quickly became clear what it was about.

“It’s clear that there have been racist comments and our player Aaron Opoku is mentally quite depressed. The important thing is that it is about Aaron. It is crucial for us that he is not doing well.

“There was incredible solidarity in the stadium, also from the spectators in Duisburg.”

Opoku (left), 22, was shocked by the remark and his teammates left in solidarity

Opoku (left), 22, was shocked by the remark and his teammates left in solidarity

Osnabruck general manager Michael Welling revealed that his team had offered to replay the game and also mentioned Opoku’s poor mental state on Sunday afternoon.

“The DFB (German Football Association) must decide with its authorities what is fair. We’d love to play a rerun or something.

“Racism should not be part of our society and neither should be part of football. Aaron is very, very exhausted and that was also a reason to say that we are no longer a player. We just don’t accept that as a that club.

A spokesperson for Duisburg described the event as “the lowest point in our club’s history” and the home team fully understands why Opoku does not want to continue.

Duisburg described the Sunday afternoon incident as the

Duisburg described the incident on Sunday afternoon as the “lowest point in club history”

Duisburg president Ingo Wald criticized the actions of the fan responsible for the racist abuse after the match was suspended.

“I was standing away (from the incident), I didn’t notice it,” Wald said. “What I have heard now revolts me. I don’t even know how to describe my mood.

“This (fan) doesn’t match our values ​​and you don’t want to see such scenes in any stadium, especially not ours.”

Referee Nicolas Winter has revealed that he spoke to Opoku to offer support to the abused player.

The fan was kicked out of the MSV Arena and other Duisburg fans chanted

Fan was kicked out of MSV Arena and other Duisburg fans chanted “Nazis Out”

“We are going to write a special report,” the official said. “We are all shocked. Something like that is very dramatic in already difficult times.

“I was in the locker room and talked to the player. I told him that it was very important for us to protect him.

The incident in Germany’s Third Division comes a day after Arsenal defender Rob Holding reported racist abuse by a Leeds United fan during the Gunners’ game at Elland Road on Saturday.

Sportsmail understands that the charges relate to racist abuse by the white supporter of Arsenal substitutes Nicolas Pepe and Nuno Tavares, who were warming up next to the Leeds West Stand.

The incident comes a day after Arsenal's Rob Holding (second from right) reported racist abuse targeting his teammates by a Leeds fan on Saturday.

The incident comes a day after Arsenal’s Rob Holding (second from right) reported racist abuse targeting his teammates by a Leeds fan on Saturday.

Arsenal winger Nicolas Pépé

Arsenal left-back Nuno Tavares

The alleged taunts were aimed at Nicolas Pepe (left) and Nuno Tavares (right) who were warming up on the sidelines

Holding was seen talking to fourth official John Brooks during the first half and referee Andre Marriner briefly stopped the game to hear the account from the Arsenal defender.

Police have arrested a supporter following the incident and Leeds are investigating the case.

Holding, meanwhile, was praised by Arsenal legend Ian Wright for standing up for his players and reporting abuse.

Leeds opened an investigation on Saturday and a fan was arrested after the allegations

Leeds opened an investigation on Saturday and a fan was arrested after the allegations

“You have to applaud people like Rob Holding”, Wright told Premier League Productions. “When you’re a victim of racial violence it’s very difficult to stand up and do it as a black person without people coming down and piling up and saying ‘here he is, here he is.’

“So for Rob Holding, getting up and doing that for his teammates is something for me, being in a locker room and knowing what it’s like to want that kind of help is fantastic.

“What should happen now is that he should be found, we should be able to find him because he is there for everyone to see and he should be chased and banned.”



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