Jordi Osei-Tutu appears to have suffered racist abuse during a friendly match between VfL Bochum and FC St. Gallen on Tuesday.
Osei-Tutu started for VfL Bochum in the fourth friendly of their pre-season, having featured in three wins and scored a goal in the previous matches.
There were suggestions of an off-the-ball incident towards the end of the opening 45 minutes, with Bochum 1-0 down, as Osei-Tutu left the field of play visibly distressed and almost inconsolable after having words with the Gallen left-back.
At first, it wasn’t clear what happened, as it was away from the play. However, the right-back has since posted a video of the incident with the caption ‘say no to racism’, strongly suggesting he was the victim of abuse from an opponent.
Update: Jordi Osei-Tutu has just reposted a video of the incident, adding the caption “Say no to racism”.
— Dan Critchlow (@afcDW) July 9, 2019
This is absolutely unacceptable, and it needs to be addressed immediately by the hierarchy at Bochum and St. Gallen. It’s no wonder the defender came off the pitch in such distress, and he was right to take a stand against it.
The right-back came back out in the second half and was involved in a few nice moves before coming off along with three other players around the hour mark – as is standard in pre-season.
Osei-Tutu can be proud of his performance after the break. The fact he even had to keep playing in those circumstances is disappointing, to say the least. This shouldn’t be the last we hear of the incident.