Tuesday 21 November 2017

Joachim Low 'full of rage' after Germany fans sing Nazi songs in win over Czech Republic

Joachim Low said the behaviour brought shame on Germany
Joachim Low said the behaviour brought shame on Germany

Jack de Menezes

Germany manager Joachim Löw has accused fans who sang Nazi-era chants during the 2018 World Cup qualifier against Czech Republic of bringing “shame on our country”, and said that he is “full of rage” with their behaviour.

A section of supporters inside the Eden Arena in Prague chanted and whistled during a minute’s silence, which was being held to pay respect to two Czech officials that had died recently.

The same section of fans also targeted the Czech national anthem, and after the 2-1 victory for the reigning world champions, Löw left little to the imagination in expressing how angry he was with their behaviour.

"I am not so much upset or sad as I am full of rage, I think that describes my feelings better," he said, when asked about the chants.

"I am really very angry about what happened, that some so-called fans used the stage of an international football match to bring shame on our country with their extremely embarrassing appearance and behaviour. I think every one of those people who is prevented from getting into the stadium is a win."

The win in Prague puts Germany on the cusp of qualifying for the 2018 World Cup, which will be played next summer, but rather than take enjoyment out of a seventh consecutive victory in the qualifying group stage, Löw was only able to reflect on how unhappy he was with the attitude of the fans in question.

"I am absolutely on the side of those demanding tough sanctions, because a stadium should be somewhere you enjoy going, where everybody can go and where despite all the rivalry and all the chanting, everything proceeds at a certain level,” Löw added.

"We don't want these anarchists, we are not their national team and the behaviour of some of the fans in Prague was the lowest of the low and deeply despicable."

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