Arsenal youngster Jordi Osei-Tutu was in tears after he was racially abused by his opponent.
The 20-year-old Jordi Osei-Tutu, who was racially abused during a pre-season game, walked off the pitch in tears. It is understood that the youngster that the abuse came from one of his opponents on Tuesday – minutes before the half-time whistle.
I SWEAR THIS BREAKS MY HEART.
Jordi Osei-Tutu the Arsenal defender, on loan at VfL Bochum being racially abused by a St. Gallen player during a friendly in Switzerland on Tuesday. pic.twitter.com/SBH55AAHP5
— Owen Price (@IAmOwenPrice) July 10, 2019
The English International is on loan at German side VFL Bochum – making his first appearance for the club against Swiss side St Gallen. He protested to the referee and soon left the play, although he opted to continue after this horrendous incident.
Last night, Arsenal released a statement condemning about that unsupportable act.
Last night Jordi Osei-Tutu received unacceptable racial abuse playing for VfL Bochum. Racism has no place in our game and we do not tolerate any form of discrimination.
Everyone at the club is right behind you, Jordi ❤️ https://t.co/ylSMFLkJHZ
— Arsenal Academy (@ArsenalAcademy) July 10, 2019
“Last night Jordi Osei-Tutu received unacceptable racial abuse playing for VfL Bochum during a pre-season friendly match against Swiss club St Gallen.” they said on their official website.
“We are working closely with Bochum and Jordi and we are giving him our full support.
“Racism has no place in our game and we do not tolerate any form of discrimination.”
Osei-Tutu was pissed off about the incident and appreciated the much-needed support from his parent and current club.
“I am very disappointed about what happened.” he said.
“No one should ever be subject to any discrimination and it is really hard to understand how a fellow professional footballer could do this.
“Arsenal and Bochum have provided great support to me and I hope that if nothing else, we can show that racism has no place within football.”
Football equality organisation ‘Kick It Out’ have since commented on the incident and expressed their angst towards this disgraceful incident.
Before the new season has even begun a young player has endured sickening racist abuse.
If anyone is in any doubt about the devastating impact such abuse can have, look at the footage of Jordi Osei-Tutu.
— Kick It Out (@kickitout) July 10, 2019
“Before the new season has even begun a young player has endured sickening racist abuse.” they said.
“If anyone is in any doubt about the devastating impact such abuse can have, look at the footage of Jordi Osei-Tutu.
“After last season we can only hope this is not a grim sign of things to come. We have offered support to Jordi alongside Arsenal FC, his parent club.”
VFL Bochum, who compete in the second tier of German football, have taken an oath to resolve this controversial occurrence, along with Arsenal. Despite all these avows, the consequence of the abuser is yet to be determined.