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Dortmund Coach Klopp Banned From Sidelines for Abusing Official

Sept. 24 (Bloomberg) -- Borussia Dortmund soccer coach Juergen Klopp was given a one-match sideline ban for verbally abusing the fourth match official during last week’s Champions League loss at Napoli.

European soccer’s governing body UEFA issued the sanction after Klopp shouted at Portugal’s Venancio Tome following a Napoli goal scored when Dortmund defender Neven Subotic was waiting to return to the field. Klopp was sent to the stands and Dortmund went on to lose 2-1, hampered by goalkeeper Roman Weidenfeller’s red card just before halftime.

The German coach will now have to watch his team’s next Champions League group match against Marseille from the stands in Dortmund on Oct. 1.

UEFA’s disciplinary commission will meet the following day to decide whether to suspend him for a further match or issue a fine.

Klopp, 46, guided Dortmund to two Bundesliga titles since taking over as manager in 2008. He also led the team to last season’s Champions League final where it lost to Bayern Munich.

To contact the reporter on this story: Ben Priechenfried at the London Sports Desk at bprie@bloomberg.net.

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Christopher Elser in London at celser@bloomberg.net

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