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    After downplaying racism: Chatrath released from office

    NAfter trivializing racism by the Berlin scientist Stefan Chatrath, the Berlin State Sports Federation (LSB) has now drawn consequences. Chatrath was withdrawn with immediate effect as deputy head of the scientific commission, the LSB announced on Wednesday evening. LSB President Thomas Härtel said of the unanimous decision: “Racism must not have a place anywhere in our society – at any time and in no place, not even in a football stadium.”

    Football professional Jordan Torunarigha from Bundesliga club Hertha BSC had previously opposed the trivialization of racism. On Tuesday, he linked a text from the online platform “novo-argumente.com” on Twitter. In the article, Prof. Dr. Chatrath, who was the head of the sports and event management course at the University of Applied Sciences Europe, was the incident about Torunarigha at the DFB Cup game at Schalke 04.

    According to his own statements, the Chemnitz-born man had been racially insulted there. Chatrath wrote that football professionals have to endure these insults. The German Press Agency could not reach him.

    His position is in contrast to the sports understanding of the state sports association, said LSB President Härtel on Wednesday. “This means that there is no basis for further cooperation in a body of the state sports association.” On Tuesday, Chatrath had already been released from his teaching activities at the university. “We released Mr. Chatrath from all teaching positions with immediate effect,” said Prof. Dr. Wolfang Merkle from the University of Applied Sciences Europe.

    Chatrath’s views do not in any way correspond to the beliefs of his employer, emphasized Dean Dean Merkle. “We are an international company ourselves and stand against the background of the topic of plurality and diversity.” He could not tolerate the statements. We distance ourselves completely from it ”.

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