Bayern Munich coach Julian Nagelsmann was fined 50,000 euros ($53,000) for his criticism of referees after the Bavarian team’s defeat in Mönchengladbach, but avoided suspension, the German Football Federation (DFB) announced on Wednesday.
After Bayern’s setback, on Saturday in the German championship against Borussia Mönchengladbach (3-2), Julian Nagelsmann harshly criticized the referee of the match, Tobias Welz, reproaching him, among other things, for the red card against Bayern Munich’s French central defender, Dayot Upamecano, in the 9th minute.
After the match, Nagelsmann apologized, acknowledging that he had gone too far with his words. “Emotions belong to sport. But I must apologize for the choice of my words against the (refereeing) team surrounding Tobias Welz,” he tweeted.
The DFB disciplinary commission considered that there was insufficient reason to sanction Nagelsmann with a suspension, taking into account his apologies “the same night”. Finally, he was fined 50,000 euros.
Nagelsmann, criticized for his words, will be able to concentrate again on preparing for Bayern’s next matches: the visit of Union Berlin on Sunday (16:30 GMT), on matchday 22 of the Bundesliga, the match in Stuttgart in ten days, and finally the match at the Allianz Arena against Paris SG, in the round of 16 second leg of the Champions League, in two weeks.
Although the German team took the lead at the Parc des Princes (1-0), their Bundesliga rivals took advantage of the stumble in Gladbach to get closer to Bayern: Unión Berlin and Borussia Dortmund tied on points with the leader, and three other teams , Freiburg, RB Leipzig and Eintracht Frankfurt, standing at three, four and five points respectively.
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