The days of Shalke 04’s president, Clemens Toennies, at the head of the German Bundesliga side may be numbered after the German made racists remarks on Thursday. Since then, calls for his resignation have increased. The 63 years old told a forum that more power plants should be built in Africa “so that Africans stop cutting down trees and making children as soon as it gets dark”.
Since then, many Shalke 04 supporters, sports and political figures in Germany have condemned his remarks and call for his immediate resignation.
The president of the German Football League (LDF), Reinhard Rauball, told the press that such statements were “completely incompatible with the values of football” defended by the League and the German Football Association.
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The German Justice Minister Christine Lambrecht has called on the DFB to “take care” of Toennis. “Racism must be fought in a clear and vehement way every time,” the politician told the German press.
Nji Nelson Chefor