Hitzfeld’s team wins but finger issue lingers

by Malcolm Curtis|The Local, Switzerland|October 18, 2012

Switzerland’s football coach Ottmar Hitzfeld is in hot water these days but his team’s 2-0 victory against Iceland in a World Cup qualifier on Tuesday has eased the tension.

Shortly before the game in Reykjavik, Hitzfeld learned that he had been charged by FIFA, the world’s governing football body, for making an obscene gesture during last Friday’s game between the Swiss side and Norway.

During the first half of the Norway match, which ended in a 1-1 draw, Hitzfeld was caught raising his middle finger at Spanish referee David Fernandez.

The opening of disciplinary proceedings by FIFA did not stop the former Bayern Munich coach from participating in the Iceland game.

But it put Hitfzfeld on the back foot as he tried to explain what happened.

While apologizing, he said that he was pointing the finger at himself not the referee.

To read the full article, check TheLocal.ch

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About Malcolm Curtis

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