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Köln coach Friedhelm Funkel accused of racism

By Rune Gjerulff

Friedhelm Funkel has caused a stir with his post-match comments after FC Köln's 3-0 loss to Bayer Leverkusen on Saturday.

Friedhelm Funkel.
Friedhelm Funkel.Photo: GEPA Pictures/Roger Petzsche

FC Köln coach Friedhelm Funkel has got himself in trouble after giving a controversial post-match interview following his side's 3-0 defeat to Bayer Leverkusen on Saturday.


"Leverkusen have this tremendous pace. Due to their... yes, there are one or two expressions you're not allowed to use any more. Due to their players, who are just so fast," remarked Funkel cryptically after his first game in charge as Köln coach.

The 67-year-old left many observers wondering what exactly he meant to say, with some interpreting it as a barely concealed racist remark directed at Bayer Leverkusen wingers Leon Bailey and Moussa Diaby, who had both scored.

Funkel, however, denies that was his intention.

"In the interview with Sky after the game this evening, I only referred to the enormous speed of Leverkusen's players, nothing else was meant, I didn't want to say anything else," said Funkel in a statement posted by FC Köln on Saturday.


Leverkusen
(3-4-2-1)
1Lukáš Hradecky
16Tin Jedvaj ↩46
5Sven Bender
12Edmond Tapsoba
19Moussa Diaby ↩73
20Charles Aránguiz (C)
25Exequiel Palacios ↩46
18Wendell ↩57
11Nadiem Amiri
9Leon Bailey ↩83
14Patrik Schick
Bench
21Lennart Grill
13Lucas Alario ↪83
38Karim Bellarabi
4Jonathan Tah ↪46
6Aleksandar Dragović
22Daley Sinkgraven ↪57
23Mitchell Weiser
30Jeremie Frimpong ↪46
10Kerem Demirbay ↪73
FC Köln
(4-2-3-1)
1Timo Horn
19Kingsley Ehizibue ↩70
33Sebastiaan Bornauw
5Rafael Czichos
23Jannes-Kilian Horn ↩70
28Ellyes Skhiri ↩79
14Jonas Hector (C)
31Marius Wolf ↩85
13Max Meyer
11Florian Kainz ↩70
43Emmanuel Dennis
Bench
16Ron-Robert Zieler
2Benno Schmitz ↪70
3Noah Katterbach ↪70
22Jorge Meré
15Dimitris Limnios ↪85
20Elvis Rexhbecaj
21Salih Özcan ↪79
24Dominick Drexler ↪70
25Tim Lemperle

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