Bayern Munich coach Julian Nagelsmann got away with a mild penalty and without a suspension after his verbal outburst last Bundesliga weekend. The DFB sports court has imposed a fine of only 35,50 euros on the 000-year-old. As the German Football Association announced this Wednesday, the coach of FC Bayern has already agreed to the verdict. Nagelsmann can thus also look after the record champions in the Bundesliga top game on Sunday (17.30 in the F.A.Z. live ticker for the Bundesliga and DAZN) against Union Berlin.
Nagelsmann had spoken after the game at Borussia Mönchengladbach (2:3) last Saturday in the dressing room unsportsmanlike towards the referee team around Tobias Welz (Wiesbaden). "Since he had not yet appeared in the sports court, apologized the same evening and also showed insight in the statement to the control committee, the committee refrained from applying for an indoor ban," the statement said.
The head coach of the record champions had apologized the evening after the incident for his massive criticism of refereee Welz. The trigger for Nagelsmann's anger was a red card against Bayern's French central defender Dayot Upemacano. In a ZDF interview, he had admitted that in his outburst also the statement "soft-washed pack" had fallen. "Emotions are part of sport. And in view of the red card, I had to vent after the game. However, I have to apologize for the choice of words to the team around Tobias Welz. Unfortunately, I have clearly gone too far," Nagelsmann later wrote in a statement.
Neymar will probably miss Bayern second leg
Two weeks before the Champions League second leg at FC Bayern, opponents Paris Saint-Germain are threatened with a failure of their star player Neymar. "New investigations confirm that Neymar has sprained his ankle and suffered a ligament injury," said the French first division club, without going into a possible downtime. A further investigation is to take place at the beginning of next week.
The Brazilian had suffered the injury in Sunday's 4-3 win against OSC Lille in the French championship at the Parc des Princes. Teammate Kylian Mbappé sent Neymar best wishes for recovery. "Stay strong. The team is waiting for you," wrote the World Cup top scorer on Instagram.
According to a report in the French newspaper "Le Parisien", PSG is expected to be out of three to four weeks "internally". The 31-year-old would therefore miss the second leg of the round of sixteen in Munich on 8 March. The Bundesliga club had won the first leg 1-0 in Paris.
Neymar is repeatedly plagued by ankle problems. At the World Cup in Qatar, he had injured himself in the first group game against Serbia and then returned to the team only in the second round against South Korea.