German coach Joachim Loew. Picture: AFP PHOTO
German coach Joachim Loew. Picture: AFP PHOTO

Berlin — Germany coach Joachim Loew on Sunday dubbed as "shameful" Nazi-era chanting by a hardcore group of "so-called fans" during a World Cup qualifier.

The chants of "Sieg Heil" came from a 200-strong group of travelling fans in Friday’s 2-1 win over the Czech Republic in Prague. The chants were particularly embarrassing from a German perspective as they came on the anniversary of the invasion of Poland by Nazi Germany, which started the Second World War in 1939.

"I can’t turn directly to sporting questions without commenting on what happened in Prague," Loew said at a media conference ahead of Monday’s qualifier against Norway in Stuttgart, victory in which could secure Germany’s place in Russia 2018. "I’m full of anger and I’m shaken to see that some so-called fans use football and an international match for their deplorable demonstrations.

"They bring shame on our country," Loew said.

AFP

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