Nadiem Amiri was racist during Bayer Leverkusen‘s duel against Union Berlin in the Bundesliga. Afterwards some turmoil arose because the midfielder of coach Peter Bosz’s team took a story with players from the home team.
Amiri had to be stopped by teammates. “He is offended because of his background. That‘s behavior we don’t want in football,” said Jonathan Tah the anger in conversation with DAZN. “This is very sad, much worse than our defeat (1-0).”
“There was a discussion and suddenly Nadiem was called shitty Afghan by someone,” Tah reveals. Amiri‘s parents are from Afghanistan. However, the 24-year-old midfielder himself was born in Germany and even played three interlands for Die Mannschaft. “It’s a shame and doesn‘t belong on a football field.”
Kerem Demirbay also witnessed the incident. “I heard something, but respect my teammate and opponent. What happens on the field stays on the field. If one of the two protagonists wants to bring something out, it’s okay, but I‘m not the person for that.”
After the lost match at Union Berlin on Friday night, Nadiem Amiri said that opponent’s football players have been racist. https://t.co/kKZycXSdxq pic.twitter.com/st4do8ajyc
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Update: On the website of Bayer Leverkusen, Nadiem Amiri has indicated that a player of Union Berlin has come to apologize. According to him, all the tensions are out of the air. “The player came to me afterwards in the dressing room. Ugly words were said on the field, but he regretted that. For me, the case is now closed.”