Three Germany fans filmed shouting racist abuse at Leroy Sane and Ilkay Gundogan turn themselves in

Leory Sane during Germany's 1-1 draw with Serbia. (AFP)
Updated 22 March 2019

Three Germany fans filmed shouting racist abuse at Leroy Sane and Ilkay Gundogan turn themselves in

  • Alleged abuse took place during Germany’s 1-1 draw with Serbia in Wolfsburg on Wednesday
  • Men accused of chanting “Heil Hitler” and shouted “we need another small Austrian.”

WOLFSBURG:Three men who shouted racist abuse at Germany’s Leroy Sane and Ilkay Gundogan during the friendly with Serbia turned themselves in after another fan posted a video on Facebook, police said Friday.

After the images, taken during Germany’s 1-1 draw with Serbia in Wolfsburg on Wednesday, appeared online, “they presented themselves and confessed they were the three alleged perpetrators,” confirmed local police spokesman Thomas Figge.

“They gave a preliminary statement presenting their version of events.”

Another supporter, identified by German tabloid Bild as Andre Voigt, a journalist who had gone to the match as a fan, filmed the trio insulting Manchester City players Sane, whose father is from Senegal, and Gundogan, the son of Turkish immigrants.

The German Football Association on Friday condemned the verbal attacks in the “strongest terms” and said it would ban from matches any perpetrators confirmed to have made the chants.

Voigt said the men had chanted “Heil Hitler” and shouted “we need another small Austrian.”

“Every time Sane touched the ball, they insulted his color. Gundogan was insulted as a Turk. They spoke in pseudo-Turkish accents every time he had the ball. And then they’d start again with ‘black, black, black!’“

The men are aged between 30 and 40, said Figge.

“The police will continue their investigation into incitement to hate and send the file to the prosecutor’s office early next week,” said the police spokesman.

Gundogan, along with Mesut Ozil, was the center of controversy before the World Cup for posing for a photo alongside Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

Midfielder Leon Goretzka said those responsible for the chants must be dealt with accordingly.

“The video shocked me and decisive action has to be taken against it,” said the 24-year-old Bayern Munich player.

“We stand for diversity, integration should be a matter of course, I can only call on everyone to act with a lot of courage and put people like that in their place.”


Tiger will play first PGA Tour event at Memorial since shutdown

Updated 09 July 2020

Tiger will play first PGA Tour event at Memorial since shutdown

MIAMI, Florida: Reigning Masters champion Tiger Woods, a 15-time major winner, said Thursday he will play his first   PGA Tour event since February at next week’s Jack Nicklaus-hosted Memorial Tournament.

Woods will attempt to capture a record 83rd career US PGA title after having matched Sam Snead’s all-time mark by winning last October’s Zozo Championship in Japan.

“I’m looking forward to playing in the @MemorialGolf next week,” Woods tweeted.

“I’ve missed going out and competing with the guys and can’t wait to get back out there.”

Spectators will not be allowed at the tournament because of tightened COVID-19 restrictions in Ohio. The Memorial was to have been the first PGA event to allow limited numbers of fans back since the coronavirus pandemic shutdown began in March.

Woods has won a record five Memorial titles, lifting the trophy in 1999, 2000, 2001, 2009 and 2012. But he also fired a humbling career-worst 85 in the third round in 2015.

The 44-year-old US legend played and captained the triumphant US team in last December’s Presidents Cup in Australia but has made only two prior starts this year, sharing ninth at Torrey Pines in January and placing 68th at Riviera in February in his first chances to surpass Snead on the all-time win list.

Woods, ranked 14th, dropped out of the WGC Mexico and Players Championship citing back issues before the virus shutdown but looked fit in May in a high-profile return and victory at the Champions for Charity exhibition match also featuring Phil Mickelson and NFL stars Tom Brady and Peyton Manning.

With Woods having played a limited schedule in recent seasons, the Memorial start could be his key tuneup for the PGA Championship, set for Harding Park in San Francisco from Aug. 6-9.