FC Köln head coach Friedhelm Funkel is experiencing a difficult situation in the wake of giving a disputable post-match talk after his side's 3-0 loss to Bayer Leverkusen on Saturday.
Leverkusen have this tremendous pace. Due to their... yes, there are one or two expressions you're not allowed to use any more. Due to their players, who are just so fast,"
commented Funkel cryptically after his first match in charge as Köln manager.
The 67-year-old left numerous eyewitnesses thinking about what precisely he intended to say, with some deciphering it as a scarcely disguised bigoted comment coordinated at Bayer Leverkusen wingers
, who had both scored.
Funkel, notwithstanding, rejects that was his goal.
"In the interview with Sky after the game this evening, I only referred to the enormous speed of Leverkusen's players, nothing else was meant, I didn't want to say anything else," said Funkel in a announcement posted by theBundesliga
side FC Köln on Saturday.