Arsenal have hit out at the ‘unacceptable racial abuse’ that Jordi Osei-Tutu suffered during his debut for German side VfL Bochum on Tuesday night.The Gunners right-back is on loan with Bochum and was making his first start for his new club during a pre-season friendly against Swiss side St. Gallen.But he was left distraught following an incident with an opposing player just before half-time and left the pitch in tears, before eventually coming back out to continue the game. Editors’ Picks ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare The video of the incident, which shows Osei-Tutu inconsolable on the pitch, has been spread on social media and Arsenal, Bochum and the player himself have now responded by issuing joint statements.Arsenal said: “Last night Jordi Osei-Tutu received unacceptable racial abuse playing for VfL Bochum during a pre-season friendly match against Swiss club St Gallen.“We are working closely with Bochum and Jordi and we are giving him our full support. “Racism has no place in our game and we do not tolerate any form of discrimination.”Osei-Tutu joined Bochum last week and will spend the full 2019-2020 campaign on loan with the Bundesliga 2 outfit.A statement released by the German club said: “Jordi Osei-Tutu was unfortunately the victim of a racist incident during a pre-season friendly between FC St. Gallen and VfL Bochum 1848.“VfL Bochum 1848, Jordi Osei-Tutu and his parent club, Arsenal, are in close coordination to deal with this incident. Both clubs, VfL and Arsenal, stand by Jordi Osei-Tutu and assure him of their full support.“We do not tolerate any form of discrimination. Racism has no place in our game.”Osei-Tutu was inundated with messages of support on social media following the incident on Tuesday night, both from team-mates and from fans who had seen the video.And in a statement of his own, the 20-year-old defender admitted he was left stunned at the treatment he received from a fellow player.“I am very disappointed about what happened,” he said.“No one should ever be subject to any discrimination and it is really hard to understand how a fellow professional footballer could do this.“Arsenal and Bochum have provided great support to me and I hope that if nothing else, we can show that racism has no place within football.”Bochum will now continue dialogue with St. Gallen over the incident in a bid to ensure further action is taken.But a statement released by the Swiss club suggests they do not feel any further action is necessary, following talks with the player involved in the incident.”St. Gallen would like to make it clear the club condemns every form of racism or discrimination,” said the statement. “Any such behaviour will be punished.”Our players treat each other with respect regardless of origins, skin colour or religion. The player who was involved in the incident has assured the club’s hierarchy that he stuck to the club’s philosophy in yesterday’s game against Bochum.”
TORONTO — Ford Canada said Wednesday it was the top selling automaker in Canada last month as it outsold Chrysler Canada by a wide margin in June, despite seeing a nearly 9% drop in sales compared with a year ago.The automaker said Wednesday it sold 30,543 vehicles last month, down from 33,450 a year ago.“Coming off a 23-year sales record last June, Ford of Canada still had a very positive month closing at number one,” Ford Canada president and CEO Dianne Craig said in statement.[np-related]Ford has sold 142,181 vehicles in Canada so far this year, up 1.3% from this time last year, with its F-series pick-up trucks making up almost a third of the month’s sales.Sales at Chrysler Canada crept up 0.5% in June compared with a year ago, helped by strong sales of the Dodge Grand Caravan minivan.The automaker sold 23,705 vehicles last month, up from 23,576 in June of last year.The company has sold 130,286 vehicles so far this year, up 7.1% for the same period last year, when it had sold 121,615.The Dodge Grand Caravan made up about a quarter of the overall sales, a new record for the minivan built in Windsor, Ont., Chrysler said.The Dodge Ram pick-up truck also made up roughly a quarter of the overall sales.Chrysler Canada said the June sales results marked the company’s 31st consecutive month of year-over-year sales growth and represents the longest sales streak in the company’s history.Toyota Canada sold 16,957 vehicles in June, 70.1% more than last June when it was affected by the fallout from the earthquake and tsunami that forced production cuts at the Japanese automakers.The company said it sold 6,978 trucks, marking its best June on record for truck sales.Meanwhile, Kia Canada said it sold 7,782 vehicles last month, 10% more than June of last year, in what the company called its best June ever for sales. Kia Canada has sold 39,298 vehicles this year so far.