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Violation of Fifa regulations: No player on PK before Spain game – DFB faces a fine

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One day before the important World Cup group game against Spain, the German Football Association violated FIFA regulations. In addition to national coach Hansi Flick, there was no national player on the podium at the obligatory press conference on Saturday afternoon. The DFB announced this decision just over an hour before the appointment scheduled for 4:15 p.m. local time (2:15 p.m. CET) at the international media center in Doha.

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The reason for the decision is the processes of the national team on the day before the second World Cup game. The final training session for the Spain duel was scheduled by Flick for 7:30 p.m. Qatar time (5:30 p.m./CET) in Al-Shamal, not far from the team hotel and thus a good hour’s drive from the Pk location. A reaction from Fifa was requested. A fine is possible.

“We didn’t want to expect any player to drive here for so long, it’s almost three hours in total. Tomorrow is a very important game for us, so I said: I’ll do it alone,” said Flick at the press conference. “The players should prepare in this important phase for the training that we still have tonight.”

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According to FIFA regulations, teams are required to hold a press conference the day before with the head coach and one player. This rule is set out in Article 44 of the Tournament Rules. It was sent to the teams again in detail in a circular, as FIFA confirmed to the German Press Agency on Saturday.

DFB wanted to hold PK not far from the team hotel

A press conference without a full DFB cast is not a World Cup novelty. In 2010, the then national coach Joachim Löw was absent from the tournament in South Africa in the media round before the World Cup round of 16 against England (4:1).

Löw sent goalkeeping coach Andreas Köpke. At that time, the DFB justified this approach by moving the final training session to another stadium at short notice. Löw could not have followed the unit to the end to be at the Pk in time. There was no FIFA penalty back then.

In Qatar, the DFB had hoped to hold the final press conference at its media center in Al-Shamal, not far from the team hotel. However, FIFA organizes all final media rounds in Doha and now insisted on the DFB delegation appearing.

Sané’s commitment open, Kimmich could defend

The media center in the capital is more than 100 kilometers away from the German team headquarters and training ground in the very north of Qatar. In the event of a defeat against Spain on Sunday (8 p.m. CET/ZDF and MagentaTV), Germany threatens to end after the preliminary round.

At the press conference before the start of the World Cup against Japan (1: 2) on Tuesday, Joshua Kimmich took part as a player alongside Flick. However, since the game took place in Doha, the entire DFB entourage had already traveled to the capital the day before. This time, the national team will travel to the Al-Bait Stadium in Al-Khour, about 70 kilometers from the World Cup base, on the day of the match.

Flick also commented on the sporting situation and left the use of offensive player Leroy Sané open. The national coach referred to the final training session in the evening. “It’s nice that he can train,” said Flick, praising the work of the medical department and the fitness trainers. Bayern professional Sané had missed the first World Cup game against Japan (1:2).

The 57-year-old did not reveal any other personal details. “I’m not insecure. The nice thing about it is that you have several positions open a bit,” said Flick. That shows the quality of the squad. “I’ll sleep on it, I’ll be a bit smarter tomorrow morning.” Flick didn’t comment on whether Kimmich could move to the right-back position. Kimmich, Leon Goretzka and Ilkay Gündogan could “all three play in midfield – without a doubt”. (dpa)

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Source: Tagesspiegel

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