After backlash, German lawmaker deletes post on football players skin color; What was the tweet about?


Thursday, 20 June 2024 (15:22 IST)
German lawmaker Katrin Goring-Eckardt on Thursday deleted a social media post commenting on the skin color of German football players after it was met with backlash.
She apologized for the post made after Germany's 2-0 victory over Hungary in their second Euro 2024 stage match on Wednesday.
Goring-Eckhardt is a member of the Greens and vice president of the Bundestag, Germany's lower house of parliament.
What was the deleted tweet about?
"This team is truly exceptional. Just imagine if there were only white German players," the German lawmaker reportedly said in the now-deleted post on platform X, formerly Twitter.
After removing the post, Goring-Eckhardt apologized, saying: "I was upset that 21% of Germans would prefer to see more 'whites' in the national team."
"I am proud of this team, and I hope that we can convince the remaining 21%," she added. "I'm sorry about the way I worded it."
Germany's national team competing at the Euros includes of Black players and players with Turkish roots, among others.
Surveys show one in five Germans want more 'white' players
Goring-Eckardt was referring to a survey by the public broadcaster WDR that showed that one in five Germans would like to see more white players on Germany's national football team.
The survey was met with sharp criticism, including from coach Julian Nagelsmann, who described it as "racist."
WDR said it commissioned the poll after producers encountered racist statements about German football players while filming a documentary on the national team.
Goring-Eckardt's initial post was criticized by other lawmakers, including the deputy leader of the pro-business Free Democrats (FDP), Wolfgang Kubicki. The FDP and the Greens are both junior partners in the coalition government led by Chancellor Olaf Scholz of the Social Democrats (SPD).
"I find it really worrying when people in Germany are judged by the color of their skin. My colleague should quickly delete this text," Kubicki said.

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