Nadiem Amiri could not be reassured, neither by teammates nor supervisors. The German national player from Bayer 04 Leverkusen repeatedly pointed his finger at Florian Huebner, and Amiri could only be kept away from Union Berlin’s defender with difficulty. The anger is said to have been triggered by a racist insult, which Leverkusen’s Jonathan Tah reported on Friday evening after the Werkself went 0-1 in Berlin.
The abuse of “fucking Afghan” had apparently fallen. Amiri is said to have been in the dressing room after the game. Tah did not name a Unioner, but during the night it became clear that Huebner was the suspect. “That’s the saddest thing about the entire evening,” Tah had said. “I hope that has consequences.” If this racist insult really did occur, it will also have consequences.
The German Football Association (DFB) confirmed this on Saturday. The control committee will take action. “There is a suspicion that the Berlin player Florian Huebner could have racially insulted his Leverkusen opponent Nadiem Amiri, whose parents are from Afghanistan,” said the DFB. At the beginning of the week, appropriate investigations are to be started. All those involved should comment on the incident in the final phase of the game in Berlin. “Regardless of the outcome of these proceedings, the DFB generally does not tolerate any racism or discrimination in its seats! This is an absolute no-go for us and will be punished accordingly if there is evidence, ”said the chairman of the control committee, Anton Nachreiner.
Hübner apologizes to Amiri
If the racist insult is proven to the Berliner, Hübner’s apology, which was made late in the evening, should have a maximally mitigating effect. “He came to my cabin. Out of the emotions, ugly words were uttered that he is very sorry for. He gave me a credible assurance that it was, that’s why the matter is settled for me, ”said 24-year-old Amiri in a statement from Bayer 04 on Saturday morning. There is nothing to be read in the statement about racism.
Oliver Ruhnert also rejected this accusation on Saturday, Union manager took Huebner under protection. “He didn’t say that,” he said in a digital press round. There will be no punishment of the 29-year-old from the club. Ruhnert added that it was “difficult” to “impose” racism on the defender because of the color of his wife’s skin. Ruling out a racist insult based on the skin color of Huebner’s wife is also at least difficult.
The trigger of the dispute between the players was apparently a dispute about an alleged foul play shortly before Cedric Teuchert’s winning goal (88th minute). Amiri had complained about it and had been warned by the referee.
Sports equipment in the background
Due to the scandal after the game, the sporting aspect of the game faded into the background. Bayer 04 had suffered their third defeat in the last four league games and Union had moved up to one point on Leverkusen. “Union is absolutely a competitor,” said Werkself coach Peter Bosz. His team had significantly more possession of the ball, but did not have a 100% chance to score in 90 minutes. Many attacks on the wings failed due to inaccuracies in the final pass. Union, however, could have taken the lead before the 88th minute. The Iron lay in wait for Leverkusen mistakes, but could not use them effectively until the counterattack shortly before the end.
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