Cologne sporting director apologises for throwing gum at Hoffenheim manager

Chewed gum

Cologne’s sporting director, Jörg Schmadtke, has apologised for throwing chewing gum at the Hoffenheim manager Julian Nagelsmann at the end of the Bundesliga game on Sunday.

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The incident happened after Hoffenheim equalised in the 90th minute through Kevin Volland while Cologne’s Lukas Klünter was lying injured on the pitch. Schmadtke and the coach, Peter Stöger, jumped up in fury before the former took a chewing gum out of his mouth and threw it in the direction of the 28-year-old Nagelsmann.

The chewing gum missed but Schmadtke still apologised afterwards. “Yes, I threw it. It was a reaction. I have already phoned up the Hoffenheim sporting director, Alexander Rosen, and apologised. I am sorry.”

The point took Hoffenheim out of the bottom three of the Bundesliga. Cologne are currently 11th, six points ahead.

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