Second division football club FC St. Pauli has sharply condemned insults against its players Maurides Roque Junior and Oladapo Afolayan. According to the club on Monday, Maurides was "insulted dozens of times" on a social media platform after the game against 1. FC Kaiserslautern (1-0). This includes racist comments and messages. Afolayan was also "racially insulted".
"Racism has no place at the Millerntor and cannot be justified by anything," wrote the Hamburg club on its website. "This should apply to all stadiums, curves and also to so-called social media." The incidents showed in a "bitter way how important it is to speak out and engage against racism continuously and again and again". The St. Pauli players played against 1. FC Kaiserslautern on Sunday with a special jersey with the lettering "No place for racism".
1. FC Kaiserslautern also condemned the insults against Maurides. “We would like in the wake of
Maurides had been the center of attention shortly before the end of the game against 1. FC Kaiserslautern. After a foul on his opponent Jean Zimmer, he received a yellow card. After an exchange of words with Zimmer, Maurides kissed the man from the Palatinate on the forehead and trotted off.
For FC St. Pauli, the victory meant the third three in a row, while a longer upward trend was stopped for Kaiserslautern.