Young American suffers racist abuse in Germany

Racist abuse by fans aimed at 18-year-old New Jerseyan Chris Gloster, playing for Hannover 96's U-23 team has made national news in Germany. "Hannover talent insulted as 'monkey'" is the headline by Bild, Germany's largest circulation daily. Gloster, who joined Hannover 96 last summer from the Red Bulls academy, was racially abused during a German Regionaliga game by the visiting fans of VfB Lübeck on Wednesday.

"Hannover has requested that the North German soccer association open an investigation into the racist insults during the Regionaliga game of our U-23s against VfB Lübeck," Hannover 96 announced.

Insults by a group of 200 Lübeck visiting fans at the game attended by 1,200 included yelling "Affe" (monkey) at the young American, according to Hannover's official web site.

"Chris was sitting in the locker room with tears in his eyes after the final whistle," said Michael Tarnat, Hannover 96's academy director. "He was constantly and severely insulted during the game."

Gloster, who started at left back in the 1-1 tie, was making his 13th German fourth division appearance with the Bundesliga club.

A USA starter during its Concacaf U-20 Championship title win while qualifying for the U-20 World Cup that kicks off in May, Gloster spoke on the The Scuffed Podcast after the incident:

"It was a free kick so I was walking away from the ball and then I heard the fans on the opposing team making monkey noises and calling me the n word. At first I didn't really know what to think ... I was really shocked. I didn't know how to react, because it was my first experience ... My teammates really helped me through it on the field and in the locker room. The team we were playing against, even their players were comforting me, helping me through it as well. It was a really shocking experience for me.

"I just have to keep my head up and I really appreciate everyone's support as well."

1 comment about "Young American suffers racist abuse in Germany".
  1. Peter Bechtold, April 19, 2019 at 9:09 p.m.

    Absolutely shocking! No excuses whatsoever for this kind of behavior toward anyone! Good to see that an investigation has already been launched and it will be interesting to see how the visiting VFB Luebeck will be punished.
    For those unfamiliar with the background details: Matches in Regionalliga Nord typically have small attendance, especially those involving U-23 teams(6 of 18 here). The first team,Hannover 96, is struggling in the Bundesliga and likely will suffer relegation. The visiting Luebeck have a small chance at promotion, not likely but possible. in such situations the travelling supporters often or mainly come from the extremist ULTRA sections whose compadres have caused similar havoc in many European countries. They are not "normal" fans, and probably have been intoxitated prior to arrival. But, NO EXCUSES!!

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