Berlin - Hamburg coach Bruno Labbadia has been fined 5,000
euros ($5,590) by the German Football Association (DFB) for describing a controversial
penalty decision in last month's Bundesliga defeat at Cologne as 'a joke'.
The DFB has taken a dim view of the 49-year-old's comments
about referee Deniz Aytekin, who awarded a penalty in the 79th minute which
sealed Hamburg's 2-1 defeat at Cologne at the end of August.
After Hamburg defender Emir Spahic got the slightest of
touches on Cologne striker Anthony Modeste as he stumbled on the ball, Aytekin
awarded a penalty and sent off Spahic, who then served a mandatory one-match
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Modeste slotted home the resulting spot-kick, which enraged
Hamburg coach Labbadia, while even Cologne boss Peter Stoeger said "from
50 metres away, I wouldn't have given the penalty".
"I have to say the penalty was a joke," fumed
Labbadia at the time.
"Anthony Modeste stumbled over the ball, but the DFB
will probably suspend Emir Spahic, because they have to make some sense of the
red card decision."
Labbadia now has 24 hours to appeal the decision and request
a hearing at the DFB's disciplinary committee.
Hamburg have only lost twice this season -- at Cologne and a
5-0 thrashing at defending champions Bayern Munich on the opening day -- and
are tenth in the table before Tuesday's game at Ingolstadt.For
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