Jonathan Akpoborie, a former Super Eagles striker has alleged he was racially abused by a young Hertha Berlin fan, who offered him bananas to sign an autograph before a Bundesliga 2 league game in 1992.

Akpoborie who is now 51, made 144 Bundesliga appearances and scored 60 goals while in action for Hansa Rostock and Wolfsburg.

He also scored 40 goals in 126 games in the German Bundesliga 2 division.

“During my time with FC Carl Zeiss Jena, we had a game in Berlin against Herta. As I was running out to warm up, one of the Hertha fans called me and begged for my autograph and I obliged.

“As I walked up to him, he brought out two bananas for me to sign for him,” Akpoborie said, in a story first published by Punch

“I laughed because I did not want him to see my anger. I took both bananas and signed them. I got very angry, but I controlled myself. But I could not get it out of my head,” he said.


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