The German DFB Pokal gave birth to drama on Tuesday night, when Werder Bremen defeated Borrussia Dortmund, but the highlight of the day was the sending off of Hertha Berlin defender, Jordan Torunarigha, who was a victim of an alleged racist abuse.
Barely twenty minutes after the club officials informed the referee of the racial slurs against the 22-year-old defender, he was then sent off for a mild tackle, when he picked up his second yellow card.
The Hertha coach Jurgen Klinsmann told Sky Deutschland after the match:
"Before extra-time, Jordan informed us that he was racially abused,"
"I feel sorry for Jordan. You just don't do that.
"We tried to calm him down, we asked the referee to protect the player and when this foul came you must show sympathy for his situation. But the opposite was the case."
Schalke had battled from a two-goal deficit to reach the German cup quarterfinals in extra time with a 3-2 win against Hertha Berlin, However, the victory was overshadowed by a racist incident in the stands of the Veltins Arena.
In the second half, Torunarigha was subjected to monkey (racist) chants from the Schalke supporters, although the validality of the incident is yet to be confirmed.
In the battle against racism, FIFA began the three-step procedure against racist incidents in football ahead of the 2017 Confederations Cup.
The rules allows referees to halt the match for an announcement in the stadium, they also have the right to to suspend and finally abandon a match.