Clemens Tönnies has violated Schalke’s ethos and he should permanently step down.

Schalke fans protesting against racism
Photo by FOCKE STRANGMANN

Clemens Tönnies is the head of the supervisory board of Schalke. A position with responsibility and honour. His opinion on any issue is highly regarded and attracts attention.

Unfortunately, Tönnies latest statement at a trade and commerce meeting in Paderborn has generated a seismic shift against him. He said in clear terms, “Instead of increasing taxes, we should rather finance 20 power plants in Africa every year. Then Africans would stop cutting down trees and producing children when it’s dark.“ Interestingly, the audience applauded.

Was it a faux pas? Slip of tongue? Did he bother to comprehend the implications of the statement? Is he playing to the populist rhetoric with anti-Africa sentiments? These are questions that have not been answered. His racist tones caused a debate in Germany.

Prominent members of Schalke ranging from the legendary Gerald Asamoah and Hans Sarpei who are all from Africa were greatly disturbed by his comments. A cross-section of German society does not subscribe to his views. Continue Reading “Clemens Tönnies has violated Schalke’s ethos and he should permanently step down.”