Schalke 04 - Hertha BSC

Germany: DFB Pokal
Schalke 04 D. Caligiuri (76), A. Harit (82), A. Nübel (102), B. Raman (115)
VELTINS-ArenaAET3-2Attendance: 53.525
Hertha BSC P. Köpke (12), K. Piątek (39), J. Torunarigha (100)

Hertha captain Niklas Stark backs Jordan Torunarigha after racial abuse

By Henrik Petersen

Hertha BSC's Niklas Stark has backed teammate Jordan Torunarigha after he was racially abused during Tuesday's clash with Schalke 04.

Jordan Torunarigha.
Jordan Torunarigha.Photo: Steindy, Wikimedia Commons, CC BY-SA 4.0

Hertha BSC captain Niklas Stark says 'the whole team, club and league' should support Jordan Torunarigha after he was victim of racial abuse from fans at Schalke 04's home ground, Veltins-Arena, on Tuesday.

Torunarigha was deeply affected by the abuse and ended up seeing red after he was shown his second yellow card in the extra time of Tuesday's DFB-Pokal clash which saw Schalke go through after a 3-2 win.

"Jordan is a very emotional player, which everybody knows. I'm so sorry that he was racially abused from the stands – I can't imagine what that feels like. I can't even begin to contemplate what it would be like, and even then it still boils my blood, so it must be much worse for him," Stark said in an interview on Hertha's website after the game.

"This kind of thing is not acceptable and it partly explains what happened tonight. The whole team, club and league need to stand with him! Everybody needs to distance themselves from this kind of behavior. You could see how upset he was after the game and before extra time," he added.

Schalke 04 apologized for the incident and expressed support for Torunarigha after the final whistle.

"We have a zero tolerance for something like this. I don't have any understanding for these idiots. We will do everything we can to find those responsible and impose consequences on them," Schalke 04 head of sport Jochen Schneider told reporters after the game.

Speaking at the post-match press conference, Schalke coach David Wagner said:

"If such an incident occurred, then I would like to apologize to the player and to his club on behalf of FC Schalke 04."

Schalke 04
35Alexander Nübel
18Daniel Caligiuri ↩91
21Jean-Clair Todibo ↩46
5Matija Nastasić
24Bastian Oczipka
28Alessandro Schöpf
6Omar Mascarell (C)
16Nassim Boujellab ↩60
25Amine Harit
15Ahmed Kutucu ↩60
11Michael Gregoritsch
34Marcel Langer
9Benito Raman ↪60
14Rabbi Matondo
19Guido Burgstaller
3Juan Miranda ↪91
4Ozan Kabak ↪46
31Timo Becker
2Weston McKennie ↪60
37Münir Mercan
Hertha BSC
22Rune Jarstein
5Niklas Stark (C)
20Dedryck Boyata
25Jordan Torunarigha
30Marius Wolf ↩90
3Per Skjelbred
18Santiago Ascacíbar
23Arne Maier ↩105
21Marvin Plattenhardt ↩69
7Krzysztof Piątek
14Pascal Köpke ↩77
12Dennis Smarsch
19Vedad Ibišević
28Dodi Lukebakio ↪77
2Peter Pekarík
13Lukas Klünter ↪90
17Maximilian Mittelstädt ↪69
9Alexander Esswein
15Marko Grujić
16Javairô Dilrosun ↪105

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