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hertha berlin youth match abandoned as 'several players suffer racist abuse' from opponents auerbach

Hertha Berlin's under-16 team stopped playing a game at regional rival Auerbach after its players were allegedly subjected to racist abuse from their opponents on Saturday.The Bundesliga club says in a statement on its website that 'several players from our team were racially abused by their opposing players.'Hertha officials informed the referee of the alleged abuse and decided to stop playing in the 68th minute while leading 2-0 'because we as Hertha BSC condemn racism and discrimination in every form,' the club said.Hertha Berlin's under-16 team stopped playing a game at regional rival AuerbachHertha executive board member Paul Keuter called it 'the only correct decision, not to continue with the game.'On Twitter, the club said: 'There are times when football doesn't come first. Racism has no place in our society.'Hertha under-23 player Jessic Ngankam said he was targeted with monkey chants and called an 'ape' by an opposing player during his side's fourth division game against Lokomotive Leipzig on December 6.'Insults are unfortunately an everyday occurrence in football, and I can put up with them. But racist abuse is a no-go,' the 19-year-old Ngankam told broadcaster MDR.Both Hertha and Lokomotive condemned the alleged abuse.Aeurbach released a statement after the match saying: 'With great regret, VfB Auerbach took the step of Hertha BSC's U16 to end the regional league game early. VfB Auerbach is against the accusation of racism. VfB Auerbach states that neither the referee nor the referee assistants noticed a racist statement. The referee team confirmed this to VfB Auerbach after the game. The impression given by Hertha BSC is also wrong that it was a game that was said to have been shaped in some way by racist statements.'What is certain is that it was a hot game. During...

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