Germany Football Association (DFB) has decided to launch an investigation into Bayern Munich manager Julian Nagelsman for actions towards referee Tobias Welz during the game against Borussia Mönchengladbach. The Bavarians lost 3-2 against Mönchengladbach after defender Dayot Upamecano was sent off in the eighth minute.
Upamecano was carded after he brought down a charging Alassane Plea on the edge of the box. Reacting to the decision, Nagelsman had a run-in with the referee and was also seen making ‘unsportsmanlike comments’ towards the official. Hence the DFB has decided to take action against the German manager. The FA also released a statement addressing the incident.
“The control committee of the German Football Association (DFB) is investigating Julian Nagelsman,” read an official statement. “The Bayern Munich head coach is said to have made unsportsmanlike comments towards referee Tobias Welz and his team during the 3-2 defeat to Borussia Mönchengladbach. This was preceded by a red card against Bayern defender Dayot Upamecano in the eighth minute.”
This 3-2 result was Bayern’s seventh loss in a difficult season, where the German title race is extremely close. Behind the defending champions, Union Berlin is one point behind with 42 points. Placed third and fourth, Borussia Dortmund and Freiburg are tied at 40 points while being separated by goal difference. Whereas the fifth-placed RB Leipzig is a game away from the second spot with 39 points.
Reacting to his actions after the game, Nagelsman stated that his emotions got the better of him and pushed him to take these actions. While sharing on Twitter, Nagelsman wrote, “Emotions are part of the sport. And given the red card, I had to vent after the game. However, I have to apologise for the choice of words for Tobias Welz and his team. Unfortunately, I went too far there.”