Berlin (dpa) – A German scientist could face losing his place in a commission of Berlin’s sports body (LSB) over controversial remarks on racism directed against footballers.
The scientist, Stefan Chatrath, came under fire after Hertha Berlin player Jordan Torunarigha, the target of racism from fans during a recent cup match at Schalke, shared a link on his Twitter page to a portal where Charath said in an article that professional footballers must live with such abuse.
“Professional footballers must endure insults, that’s part if it. It may hurt but these incidents happen in a football stadium where you pour scorn on the opponent,” Chatrath said.
While admitting that the monkey noises Torunarigha said he heard were racist, Chatrath said it was wrong of the player to file criminal charges and for the ruling body DFB to fine Schalke.
“I have rarely read something that stupid,” Torunarigha tweeted, while Hertha simply tweeted “No words.”
LSB president Thomas Haertel said the board would meet Wednesday to decide whether Chatrath can stay on as deputy chair of the LSB’s scientific commission, insisting that there should be no place in society.