Dortmund Soccer Coach Klopp Gets Two-Match Suspension for RantChristopher Elser
Borussia Dortmund coach Juergen Klopp was suspended for two games by European soccer’s disciplinary body for a sideline rant against officials during his team’s Champions League loss to Napoli last month.
Klopp served the first match of the ban during his team’s 3-0 victory over Marseille two days ago. He’ll miss Dortmund’s next European game at Arsenal in London on Oct. 22.
Governing body UEFA banned Klopp for one match, and the disciplinary panel added another game today after reviewing the Sept. 18 incident in Napoli. The coach shouted at the fourth official, 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 a red card to goalkeeper Roman Weidenfeller just before halftime.
“It is necessary to safeguard and respect the role of the referee and the referee team during UEFA competition matches,” UEFA said in the statement.
Klopp 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.