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Leon Balogun, in action for Mainz, expressed his disappointment that such a racist incident could occur at a Bundesliga match in 2018 / Photo: Leon Balogun/Twitter

Germany: Nigerian players racially abused during Bundesliga match

Hannover president Martin Kind has apologized for the racial abuse of Mainz players Leon Balogun and Anthony Ujah were subjected to before the teams’ Bundesliga game on Saturday (17 February).

Balogun says on Twitter: “Ujah and I were racially insulted with ape noises among other things as we warmed up in front of the Hannover fan block. I’m shocked that such behaviour exists in 2018 in the Bundesliga, where players of differing backgrounds, skin colours and religions fight daily for their fans.”

Leon Balogun, 2nd from right, with his fellow Super Eagles mates at a training camp. The Nigerian-German player will play for Nigeria at Russia 2018 / Photo: Leon Balogun/Twitter

 

The 29-year-old defender adds, “We give everything for the fans every week, but some of you don’t even give us respect. There shouldn’t be any room for any racism in any stand in the world!”

Club president Kind says, “I reject such behaviour 200 per cent. Such thoughts have no place at Hannover. We apologize in every form to Mainz and the two players.”

German news agency dpa says Hannover has said that between six and 12 people were involved.

Austin Ohaegbu with agency

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