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Bayern Munich coach Carlo Ancelotti in spotlight for gesture to Hertha fans

Bayern Munich coach Carlo Ancelotti accused of showing middle finger to opposition supporters but he claims to resort to it after being spat upon.

football Updated: Feb 19, 2017 22:54 IST
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Bayern Munich coach Carlo Ancelotti is in the eye of a storm after gesturing at Hertha Berlin fans. (REUTERS)

Bayern Munich coach Carlo Ancelotti could face a heavy fine for making an obscene gesture to Hertha Berlin fans after Saturday’s dramatic 1-1 draw in the Bundesliga.

Ancelotti says he raised his middle finger after being spat at by opposition supporters following Robert Lewandowski’s 96th-minute equalizer for Bayern. The last-gasp goal led to chaos with Hertha goalkeeper Rune Jarstein allegedly aiming the ball at Bayern midfielder Xabi Alonso.

DPA news agency and Kicker magazine say the German soccer federation (DFB) is investigating Ancelotti for making the gesture, while Kicker reports that Jarstein has also been asked to explain his actions.

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

First Published: Feb 19, 2017 22:54 IST