Jordi Osei-Tutu has been subjected to racist abuse in his fourth pre-season game for VfL Bochum as they lost 3-0 to Swiss side St Gallen in front of 1,572 spectators in St.Margrethen.
The Arsenal full-back, on loan to the Bundesliga 2 side for the season, was visibly distressed towards the tail-end of the first half as an off-the-ball incident played out. Even Bochum’s official match report isn’t particularly clear about what actually happened.
This video, a stream of the match from Bochum’s YouTube channel, shows Osei-Tutu’s reaction. He initially takes to the turf, then remonstrates with the referee and walks off the pitch both angry and upset. The match graphics say he’s sent off. The referee then talks to players from both sides and the coaching staff. Osei-Tutu reappears and then the half time whistle blows.
Osei-Tutu stayed on the pitch in the second half before being substituted just before the hour-mark. Since the incident, the 20-year-old has taken to social media to repost a message of support to which he added the message: “Say no to racism”.
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#SayNoToRacism! #meinVfL verurteilt jegliche Form von Rassismus vehement. Jordi, wir stehen hinter dir! 💙 Der Vorfall im gestrigen Testspiel gegen den FC St.Gallen 1879 wird weiter mit allen Beteiligten aufgearbeitet. Der Verein behält sich weitere Schritte vor. __________ #SayNoToRacism! #meinVfL vehemently condemns all forms of racism. Jordi, we stand behind you! 💙 The incident in yesterday's test game against FC St.Gallen 1879 will be further processed with all participants. The club reserves the right to take further steps.
That anyone should be subjected to such abuse in this day and age is, quite frankly, disgusting. In response, Bochum released the following statement: “VfL Bochum vehemently condemns all forms of racism. Jordi, we stand behind you!
“The incident in yesterday’s test game against St Gallen will be further processed with all participants. The club reserves the right to take further steps.”
Here’s hoping the perpetrator(s), whoever it was, is identified and punished.
Via the Bochum website, Osei-Tutu has spoken about the incident: “I am very disappointed that I was racially abused last night. Nobody should ever be discriminated against and it is really hard to understand how a fellow professional footballer can behave disrespectfully in this way. Arsenal and VfL Bochum have given me great support and I hope that we can finally demonstrate that racism has no place in football”.