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Klopp Apologizes for 'Dumb' Sending Off

  • ESPN FC, Thursday, September 19, 2013 12:33 PM

Jurgen Klopp apologized for being sent off after yelling at the fourth official during Borussia Dortmund’s 2-1 defeat against Napoli in its UEFA Champions League Group F opener on Wednesday. The Dortmund coach was sent to the stands for arguing with the fourth official after Neven Subotic had not been allowed to return to the field in time to defend Napoli’s opening goal from Gonzalo Higuain. Speaking to the press after the game, Klopp said he had behaved in a “dumb” manner.

"I thought the referee should have waited for Neven to come back. But he didn’t have to do that. Neven could have come on earlier but was held back because there was a little bloodstain on the plaster," Klopp said. "I apologized straight after the game to the fourth official, the referee and my team as my emotions turned a game we didn’t play well in into a hectic one.”

He added: "The second half with a man down was OK. On good days, when the coach keeps his cool, we might get a result. Our start wasn’t the best, mine included. Had we played to our level we could have won the game. In this group everything is still possible. We will not throw anything away. We lost an away game, nothing else."

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