The B youth of Hertha BSC has canceled a regional league game at VfB Auerbach because of racist insults from opponents. The club announced this on its homepage. Accordingly, the U16 team informed the referee of the insults and decided to leave the field in the 68th minute when the score was 2-0. The club condemns racism and discrimination in all forms.
"We have a responsibility to ourselves, to our players and also to society. We take this responsibility very seriously, so it was the only right decision not to continue this game," said Paul Keuter, member of the Hertha management. "In such a situation, values and a clear attitude are more important to us than a win or a defeat on the pitch."
There must be no room for racism on and off the field! #NoToRacism https://t.co/fVBETcbENo pic.twitter.com/TjspB0K3Pl- Sofian Chahed (@sofianchahed) December 14, 2019
VfB Auerbach disagreed with the allegations. "With great regret, VfB Auerbach took Hertha BSC's U16 move to end the regional league game prematurely. VfB Auerbach is against the accusation of racism," said a statement. Neither the referee nor the assistants "noticed a racist statement". The referee team confirmed this to VfB after the game. "Also, the impression given by Hertha BSC is wrong that it was a game that was said to have been shaped in some way by racist statements."
Last week, Hertha's U23 player Jessic Ngankam was racially insulted in a regional league game between the Berlin team's second team and 1. FC Lok Leipzig. The game was interrupted for several minutes. Lok had distanced himself from racist behavior, Hertha "strongly" condemned racist hostility against his player.