The racism row around the football star’s exit from the national team is causing loyalties to be questioned on the capital’s pitches

As Hakan Gūmūs, 17, walked off the pitch with slumped shoulders on a sweltering summer evening in Berlin, he was consoled by fans offering cheerful high-fives and supportive slaps on the back. His team, the under-19s of Berliner Athletik Klub, had just lost a pre-season friendly, but defeats are always easier when the team spirit remains intact.

“When you make a single mistake, and then you get punished by having your own fans jeer you, or you have to even resign from the team, then that’s sad, isn’t it?” he said.

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