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Fans’ Nazi chants a ‘shame on Germany’ – Loew

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first_img0Shares0000Joachim Loew said the chants of “Sieg Heil” bring shame on Germany © AFP / THOMAS KIENZLEBERLINBERLIN, Germany, Sep 3 – Germany coach Joachim Loew on Sunday dubbed as “shameful” Nazi-era chanting by a hardcore group of “so-called fans” during a World Cup qualifier.The chants of “Sieg Heil” (Hail Victory) came from a 200-strong group of travelling fans in Friday’s 2-1 win over the Czech Republic in Prague. They also whistled during the minute’s silence before kick-off for two deceased Czech officials. The chants were particularly embarrassing from a German perspective as they came on the anniversary of the invasion of Poland by Nazi Germany, which started World War II in 1939.“I can’t turn directly to sporting questions without commenting on what happened in Prague,” Loew said at the start of a press conference ahead of Monday’s qualifier against Norway in Stuttgart, victory in which could secure Germany’s place in Russia next year.“I’m full of anger and I’m very much shaken to see that some so-called fans use football, and an international match, for their deplorable demonstrations. They bring shame on our country,” Loew said, hailing his players’ decision to not applaud the block where away fans were gathered at the end of the match, as is customary.“I am favourable to very severe sanctions against these troublemakers. We don’t want them, we’re not their national team, and they’re not our fans.“Given our history, it’s very important for us to represent our country in a dignified fashion and its values of tolerance, respect and openness to the world. These troublemakers demean this image.”Loew also called on fans in Stuttgart to lay off Timo Werner, who was verbally abused by German fans during the victory in Prague despite scoring the opening goal after four minutes.The 21-year-old RB Leipzig forward is unpopular after diving to win a penalty during a controversial Bundesliga match last season at Schalke.“This behaviour by some fans is unworthy,” Loew said.“These insults against Timo are extremely painful. He made a mistake and recognised that. I now call for the public to treat him like a full-time player of the national team.”0Shares0000(Visited 2 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

To play or not to play: Ravi Shastri reacts to India vs Pakistan World Cup controversy

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first_imgIndia is slated to face Pakistan in the 2019 ICC World Cup on June 16 at the Old Trafford in Manchester.Team India coach Ravi Shastri has weighed in on the controversy surrounding the future of the match.Shastri said that he will accept the decision taken by BCCI and the Government about playing the match or not. Shastri went os far as to even say that the Indian cricket team will not play the 2019 World Cup entirely if the Indian Government asks them not to.”It’s entirely left to the BCCI and the government. They know exactly what is happening and they will take a call. We will go by what they decide. If the government says it’s that sensitive you do not need to play the World Cup, I will go by my government,” Ravi Shastri was quoated as saying by Times Now.The India-Pakistan matter has divided the Indian cricketing fraternity with prominent names differing on what should India’s stance be whether to [play or not play Pakistan in the 2019 World Cup.Sachin Tendulkar on Friday agreed with Sunil Gavaskar and said that he would “hate” to see India concede two points to Pakistan by not playing.”India has always come up trumps against Pakistan in the World Cup. Time to beat them once again. Would personally hate to give them two points and help them in the tournament,” said Tendulkar in a statement.He though added that he will back whatevr decision is taken by the country: “Having said that, for me India always comes first, so whatever my country decides, I will back that decision with all my heart.”advertisementWhile the likes of Harbhajan Singh and Yuzvendra Chahal have called for complete cricketing boycott of Pakistan, Gavaskar on Thursday said India will be the loser if they decide to not play against Pakistan on June 16.”Who wins if India decide against playing Pakistan in the World Cup? And I am not even talking about the semis and the finals. Who wins? Pakistan win because they get two points,” Gavaskar told India Today.”India have so far beaten Pakistan every time in a World Cup, so we are actually conceding two points when by beating Pakistan, we could make sure that they don’t advance in the competition,” he said.Also Read | BCCI writes to ICC: Sever ties with countries from which terrorism emanatesAlso Read | No decision on India-Pakistan World Cup clash yet: Committee of AdministratorsAlso Read | ICC warns BCCI: India likely to lose proposal to ban Pakistan from World Cuplast_img read more