The control committee of the German Football Association has launched an investigation into Schalke after accusing racist insults against Berlin's Jordan Torunarigha in the cup game. Hertha BSC and Torunarigha were asked to comment, as the DFB confirmed. The defender had been racially insulted by spectators in the 2: 3 defeat of the Berliner after extra time at FC Schalke 04.
Referee Harm Osmers only found out about the insults after the regular season, said Peter Sippel, Head of Training and Qualification at the DFB, in conversation with sportschau.de on Wednesday. Hertha's sports director Michael Preetz approached Osmers and pointed out the insults of the fans against the professional footballer Hertha. But because the incident had already occurred in the course of the second half, according to Sippel "the context could no longer be established".
One recommendation of the World Association FIFA provides, among other things, for the viewer to make an announcement to refrain from discriminatory insults. However, Osmers did not notice any further incidents during the extension. In this case, according to Sippel, he would have requested an announcement from the stadium announcer.
Schalke management also wants to investigate the incident
Host FC Schalke 04 also announced the consequences. The club "takes the testimony of Hertha BSC player Jordan Torunarigha very seriously regarding racist statements and sounds against him during the cup match on Tuesday night," the statement said. "Together with the police in Gelsenkirchen, the security service and internal sources, such as the recently opened #stauf contact point, the case will be examined in detail."
The board and coach David Wagner had apologized to the Berliners and the defender immediately after the round of 16. "Such behavior not only violates the FC Schalke 04 stadium rules, mission statement and statutes, but also contradicts all of our values. We will respond with sanctions and report the incidents accordingly," the statement said. Schalke coach Wagner added that he would also abandon a game with racial insults: "In the end, both teams, both officials and the referee would have to be aware of this. And if we then say that we won't kick any further, then we won't kick any further I have no problem with it at all. "
Jordan Torunarigha had been offended by monkeys and insults from spectators in the Veltins Arena on Tuesday evening. Hertha's coach Jürgen Klinsmann said it had happened "multiple times". The referees were also informed immediately. "The boy was insulted and pushed up," Klinsmann said. "You then have to be sensitive and don't have to give him the second yellow card later in the situation."
Red cards for Torunarigha and Wagner
Torunarigha, born in Chemnitz, had been sent off by referee Osmers in extra time (102 minutes) after a duel with Omar Mascarell with yellow-red. Before that, he had also accidentally collided with Schalke's coach David Wagner and thrown a beverage crate on the floor. After Wagner said he wanted to help the Hertha professional, Osmers saw the red card after video evidence and had to leave the interior.
"I have zero explanation for the red card," said Wagner at the press conference when asked about the reasons for his exclusion. "The referee told me that I grabbed the player by the neck, but I just wanted to make sure he got his balance back." This incident also concerns the DFB. "We will check the imposition of the red card and especially whether it is an obvious wrong decision by the referee," said Anton Nachreiner, chairman of the DFB control committee, the online portal "Sport1". Referrals will only be withdrawn afterwards if the referee makes a very obvious mistake.