Club fines itself after coach insults opponents
26 October 2005, ERFURT, GERMANY - German Bundesliga club Kaiserslautern has fined itself 10,000 euros after their coach insulted opponents during a game.
26 October 2005
ERFURT, GERMANY - German Bundesliga club Kaiserslautern has fined itself 10,000 euros after their coach insulted opponents during a game.
The struggling Bundesliga club beat third division Rot Weiss Erfurt 4-2 in the former East Germany on Tuesday night.
During the match Kaiserslautern coach Michael Henke called an Erfurt player and their assistant coach Heiko Nowak a derogatory term used to describe people from the former East Germany.
Although Henke apologised after the game, Kaiserslautern club president Rene Jaeggi immediately imposed a 10,000 euros fine - payable to Erfurt.
A Kaiserslautern official said that they would still discuss how much of the fine Henke would have to pay. Jaeggi added that he had acted immediately because he had wanted to calm matters. "I hope the issue will calm down."
Henke said that the difficult situation in which the club finds itself had been the reason why he had over-reacted. "One of our players was lying injured in the area and when Erfurt failed to kick the ball out of play I lost it. That should not have happened, but because of our difficult situation and the tough match I lost it.
Erfurt coach Pavel Dotchev however said he could not accept Henke's apology. "He not only insulted my players, but a whole region. I am very disappointed in the behaviour of my colleague," the Bulgarian said.
Subject: German news