Löw misses German press conference

German Football
By German Football June 27, 2010 07:28

Löw misses German press conference

Germany coach Joachim Löw failed to show up for the official press conference ahead of the World Cup last 16 match against England on Sunday.

No player was present either – contrary to FIFA regulations – with goalkeeping coach Andreas Kopke conducting the briefing and there was speculation that Germany were angry at not being allowed to train on the Free State Stadium pitch.

Instead they used the facilities at a nearby university complex before the press conference and Kopke said: “This is not a protest at all. People were not able to get here on time.”

He added: “We were not able to use the stadium. We had to use another site and tried to be punctual (for the press conference).”

When pressed on what will be viewed as a snub by Löw, Kopke became irritated.

He said: “We were not able time-wise to get here. We want to be well prepared for tomorrow, that is the reason.

“We were not able to practice on the pitch for logistics reasons. But it is the same for England. We are used to it. We did not practice in the actual stadium the last two times.

“It is not a protest, that’s the way it is. There is no point in asking the question again and again.”

A statement from FIFA read: “FIFA has taken note of this matter. No disciplinary sanctions are foreseen in such cases. However, in such situations, FIFA always reminds the teams of their media duties with regards to the competition, in the best interest of the media and the fans.

“Therefore, we have contacted the German team to remind them of these duties.”

German Football
By German Football June 27, 2010 07:28
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