News : Union against Leverkusen: Was Nadiem Amiri racially insulted? – Sports


News : Union against Leverkusen: Was Nadiem Amiri racially insulted? – Sports

Human interaction is a tough, shallow business; It’s easy to forget this when the order of the day is: Aseptic! One of the reasons why football is sometimes fascinating is that it bundles, as if under a magnifying glass, whatever interpersonal distortions there are. On Friday, such an exemplary, all too humane drama occurred in the stadium at the Alte Försterei, because it was marked by transgressions and abysses, remorse, guilt and atonement.

About the 1-0 victory of 1. FC Union Berlin against Bayer Leverkusen. There will be talk of this in the coming days. Even if the parties involved did everything to resolve the conflict to the best of their ability, rationally and without resentment, the control committee of the German Football Association (DFB) has started investigations.

What happened at the Alte Försterei is difficult to reconstruct

Because there was an enormous amount of talk around the bush for noble reasons, it is not so easy to summarize what happened. For example, the imaginary Germany correspondent of the very real newspaper wanted El Pinguino To tell the readers in Tierra del Fuego what happened on Saturday, he would have to put it something like this: “According to a press release from his Bayer Leverkusen club on Saturday, the German international Nadiem Amiri, 24, awarded an unnamed Union Berlin player an offense that he did not name clearly. ” What was it about now? To very specific racism allegations on a shaky basis.

It was triggered by comments from Leverkusen’s international Jonathan Tah. After Leverkusen’s bankruptcy at Union (goal: Cedric Teuchert, 88th minute) on the TV broadcaster DAZN, he said that Amiri had been insulted as a ‘shitty Afghan’. On ARD, Tah admitted that he had not heard the insult himself; neither did he say who had said it. Union manager Oliver Ruhnert said on Saturday that the player concerned denied having made the statement in this form.

Ruhnert indicated that something could have been misinterpreted or overinterpreted – and did not mention the name of the accused player. That was what the DFB did when it announced that investigations had been started against Florian Huebner from Union. There is suspicion that he racially insulted Amiri, whose parents are from Afghanistan. It was open on Sunday whether the DFB would be interested in another statement with a chauvinistic connotation. “Chill, we’re in Germany here …!”, Was apparently heard from the mouth of a Unioner when Leverkusen’s Jamaican striker Leon Bailey refused to be helped up after a foul.

Tears at Nadiem Amiri?

The description of Tah was particularly dramatic when it quickly transpired that Amiri had tears in her eyes. Already on the pitch he was beside himself after the 0-1 by Teuchert – among other things, probably because he had made the referee aware of a foul and that he had been insulted. Amiri, however, did not get what he had hoped for – justice in other words – but a punishment. He saw the yellow card.

However, it is undisputed that Amiri later accepted Huebner’s apology because he really felt it was sincere. Otherwise Amiri would have given his name – or he would have waived to delete the post on Instagram that a family member had distributed and in which Hübner was named. The background for accepting the apology was probably also the circumstances of Huebner’s life, which Union manager Ruhnert described as follows: “He is now known to be in a relationship with a woman who is at least different from white in terms of skin color”, so it is “difficult.” to do something to him there “.

On the other hand, it is quite undisputed in the room that there were so-called “unsightly” statements by representatives of both teams on Friday evening, which “do not belong on the football field” and which had also slipped into the ground. A Leverkusen professional is said to have accused the mother of a colleague from Köpenick of pursuing prostitution – the classic of sexist insults. Did that matter when Amiri decided not to mention horse and rider? Is it based on the glass house principle?

“What happens on the pitch must stay on the pitch,” said Leverkusen’s Kerem Demirbay after the game. The alternative to this would be to wash all the dirty laundry and hang out. Maybe that wouldn’t be so bad after all.


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