Manchester City pair Leroy Sane and Ilkay Gundogan suffer alleged racial abuse by their own supporters in Germany’s draw against Serbia
- The German FA condemned alleged racist abuse directed towards Leroy Sane and Ilkay Gundogan from their own supporters on Wednesday evening
- Three men did hand themselves in to Wolfsburg Police on Thursday afternoon
- Other members of Germany’s squad came out in support of the two players
Germany has been left ‘appalled’ after Manchester City pair Ilkay Gundogan and Leroy Sane were subjected to alleged racist abuse by their own supporters.
It is alleged the term ‘negro’ was aimed at Sane, while Gundogan was abused for his Turkish heritage during a 1-1 friendly draw with Serbia on Wednesday.
The German FA condemned the slurs, which allegedly included Neo-Nazi chants and references to Adolf Hitler and emanated from the home end at Wolfsburg’s Volkswagen Arena.
Leroy Sane and Ilkay Gundogan were subjected to alleged racist abuse by Germany fans
Three men, aged between 30 and 40, handed themselves in to Wolfsburg Police on Friday, with Bayern Munich midfielder Leon Goretzka left ‘appalled’.
‘Xenophobia and racism have no place in the stadium or in society,’ Goretzka said. ‘For us, integration is not an issue, it’s a fact of life.’
Gundogan had become embroiled in controversy before last summer’s World Cup after posing for a picture alongside Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan.
Mesut Ozil, also of Turkish descent, was in the shot and retired from international football after Germany were dumped out of the tournament, citing ‘racism and disrespect’.
Gundogan has been embroiled in controversy since before last summer’s World Cup in Russia
Wednesday’s scenes were the latest embarrassment as Germany tackles a racist element among its supporters.
The German FA said: ‘Thanks to the support of a fan, the DFB was able to locate the ticket buyer for the seats where the spectators were sitting. The police have been turned on and are now investigating.’
Borssuia Dortmund’s Marco Reus added: ‘We stand for diversity. The colour doesn’t matter.’
A Wolfsburg Police statement read: ‘The three men, who allegedly insulted two players of the German national team on Wednesday evening, made representations to the police on Thursday afternoon.
‘The men have commented on the facts in a first hearing. The police will carry out further investigations and hand over the proceedings to the public prosecutor’s office of Braunschweig at the beginning of next week.’
Three men, aged between 30 and 40, handed themselves in to Wolfsburg Police on Thursday