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Germany stars Goretzka and Gnabry condemn racist abuse

2019-03-23 19:42
Leroy Sane (Getty Images)

Berlin - Germany stars Leon Goretzka and Serge Gnabry have spoken out in condemnation of the racist abuse directed at teammates Leroy Sane and Ilkay Gundogan during Wednesday's draw with Serbia. 

"It is ridiculous to cheer on one player and insult another just because of their skin colour. Racism has no place in the stadium or anywhere else in society," Gnabry, 23, told German tabloid Bild. 

On Friday, police confirmed that three men aged between 30 and 40 had turned themselves in after another fan, basketball journalist Andre Voigt, posted a video on Facebook.

Voigt, who been at the game as a supporter, described in the video how fans sitting behind him had repeatedly hurled racist abuse at Sane and Gundogan, who are of Senegalese and Turkish heritage respectively.

"I don't remember ever being insulted like that myself, but it does have an affect on me because I have the same colour skin as Leroy," said Gnabry, whose father is Ivorian.

"It is really sad that things like this are happening in 2019, and it's important to raise your voice in a moment like that."

Speaking ahead of Germany's Euro 2020 qualifier against the Netherlands this Sunday, Gnabry's Germany and Bayern Munich team mate Leon Goretzka also called on fans to stand up to racism. 

"I watched the video, and the scenes that he describes made me really quite furious," said the midfielder.  

"I can only call on everyone to put people like that in their place."

"Where I come from in the Ruhr region, if you are asked about your nationality, the only answer is either Schalke, Dortmund or Bochum."

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