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Bayern defends Ancelotti for middle-finger gesture to fans

Bayern Munich has defended their coach for raising his middle finger to Hertha Berlin fans after supposedly being spit at.

Published: 21st February 2017 05:50 PM  |   Last Updated: 21st February 2017 05:50 PM   |  A+A-

Carlo Ancelotti (Photo | AP)

By Associated Press

MUNICH: Bayern Munich has defended coach Carlo Ancelotti for raising his middle finger to Hertha Berlin fans after supposedly being spit at following a dramatic 1-1 draw in the Bundesliga.

Bayern says "basically we find the human reaction of Carlo Ancelotti with the gesture to be emotionally understandable after the nasty spitting attack."

Robert Lewandowski's injury-time equaliser for Bayern on Saturday prompted altercations between Bayern and Hertha players in a heated atmosphere at the Olympic Stadium.

The German soccer federation ended its investigation into the matter after Ancelotti agreed to pay 5,000 euros ($5,300) to its foundation for social work.

In 2014, Norbert Duewel, then-coach of second-division club Union Berlin, was fined 3,500 euros for raising his middle finger in a 4-1 loss at home against 1860 Munich.



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