The 15-year-old scored a hat-trick as his side 3-2 beat their fierce rivals, but the match was marred by a strait of abuse from the home team.

Schalke condemned the actions of the fans

Schalke have apologized to Borussia Dortmund teenager Youssoufa Moukoko after receiving racist abuse on Sunday during his match-winning performance for the Under-19s. The 15-year-old scored a hat-trick as his side 3-2 beat their fierce rivals, but the match was marred by a strait of abuse from the home team. Schalke condemned the actions of those responsible for the post on Twitter and promised that the club would investigate the case. “We can only apologize for the behaviour of some of our fans towards Youssoufa Moukoko in today’s U19s match. Moukoko hit back at the Schalke fans with an Instagram post which read: “I am proud to be born with this skin colour and will always be proud.”

There’s no place for racism in football

And team-mate Lloyd-Addo Kuffour expressed his outrage in a post-match interview, saying: “It’s a shame that some fans still do not understand that we are in 2020. There is no place for racism in football, and yet I am very proud of the guys that we gave the correct answer on the pitch”. Meanwhile, Dortmund youth coordinator Lars Ricken was shocked by the vitriol aimed at the striker but was proud of the team’s response in Gelsenkirchen. He told reporters: “Something like that has no place in a Bundesliga game, and certainly not in a U19 game. It is regrettable, and I am glad that we gave a sporty response on the pitch. The players have known each other for years from different tackles and head-to-head matches. Again, despite all the intensity, it was a fair game the whole time.”

Moukoko’s hat-trick became his third in a row, helping his side destroy Preussen Munster U19s 5-0 in September ahead of his show a one-person 3-0 win against Wehen Wiesbaden U19s in the youth DFB-Pokal earlier this month. “Yousouffa is on fire, with every workout, every game,” said coach Mike Tullberg. “He’s hot for football, and he’s a real role model for everyone in every situation.”