Schalke 04 issued an apology on its social media channels after fans of the Royal Blues were overheard abusing Borussia Dortmund starlet Youssoufa Moukoko as they hosted their derby rivals for a u19 match.
The 15-year-old Moukoko led the Yellow and Black to a 3-2 victory with a hat-trick. He was abused by the Schalke fans as he was celebrating his third, and game-winning, goal:
"ich brech dir alle Knochen"— Arsène Wenger Bundestrainer (@Eukakrypto) October 18, 2020
"leg dich ins grab"
"verpiss dich du Hurensohn"
"verpiss dich du schwa..."
Völlig "normale" reaktion wenn ein minderjähriger Schwarzer ein Tor schießt pic.twitter.com/8nv0IglJ3D
“I’ll break all your bones!”
“Go put yourself in grave!”
“Fuck off, you son of a bitch [Hurensohn]!”
“Fuck off you bla——!”
Totally “normal” reaction when an underage black person scores a goal.
Schalke responded relatively quickly, issuing their apology online — but not on their English-language Twitter account — within three hours of the match:
Wir können uns bei Youssoufa #Moukoko für die Aussagen einiger Fans beim #U19S04BVB der @knappenschmiede nur entschuldigen. Bei allen Emotionen im Derby - solche Beleidigungen verurteilen wir aufs Schärfste und lehnen sie ausdrücklich ab. pic.twitter.com/8MNzyV1hU3— FC Schalke 04 (@s04) October 18, 2020
We can only apologize to Youssoufa Moukoko for the statements of some fans of the @knappenschmiede at #U19S04BVB. Despite all the emotions of a derby — we utterly condemn such insults and explicitly reject them.
He told the Ruhr Nachrichten, “Something like that has no place in a Bundesliga game, and certainly not in a U19 game. That is very sad and I am glad that we gave a sporty answer on the pitch.”