Referee boss Fröhlich settles accounts with Nagelsmann: “Abysmal disrespect”

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Julian Nagelsmann’s referee criticism continues to cause a stir. The head of the German impartial finds clear words.

Frankfurt am Main/München – DFB referee boss Lutz Michael Fröhlich (65) has the behavior of Bayern coach Julian Nagelsmann (35) after the 2:3 defeat at Borussia Mönchengladbach sharply criticized in the Bundesliga on Saturday.

Referee boss Lutz Michael Fröhlich (65) has no understanding for Nagelsmann's freak out.

Referee boss Lutz Michael Fröhlich (65) has no understanding for Nagelsmann’s freak out. © Arne Dedert/dpa

“I find it profoundly disrespectful to use the term ‘pack’, no matter what perspective you take on a situation. That’s where the referee’s understanding ends,” said Fröhlich at Sport1.

Nagelsmann freaked out in the cabin aisle after the final whistle and had severely criticized referee Tobias Welz (45) for the early red card against Dayot Upamecano (24) from Munich.

The statement “softened pack” was also made, as the Bayern coach admitted in the ZDF interview: “Yes, but I don’t always mean the referees.”

DFB investigation against Nagelsmann, referee Welz comments
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DFB investigation against Nagelsmann, referee Welz comments

The 35-year-old later apologized on social networks for his choice of words, which he says he went too far.

The control committee of the German Football Association now has one Preliminary proceedings initiated against Nagelsmann.

FC Bayern coach Nagelsmann criticized: “Don’t always use the public stage right away”

Julian Nagelsmann (35, left) sees the yellow card from referee Tobias Welz (45).  After the game, the Bayern coach freaked out in the cabin aisle.

Julian Nagelsmann (35, left) sees the yellow card from referee Tobias Welz (45). After the game, the Bayern coach freaked out in the cabin aisle. © Federico Gambarini/dpa

“It’s not about punishment for me, that’s not my topic at all. It’s about much more: How do you deal with different perspectives and opinions? And how do you deal with decisions that don’t meet your own expectations? Where Is that supposed to lead to bigger headlines and conflicts?” added Fröhlich.

He also had some advice ready for Nagelsmann: “Just take a deep breath, pause and don’t always use the public stage to present yourself and your perspective as the only right one.”

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