Germany take on Norway in a World Cup qualifier this evening, and Joachim Low will be hoping the crowd are able to behave themselves following a section of supporters letting down the nation in their most recent qualifier against Czech Republic.
Parts of the crowd were heard shouting Nazi related chants of ‘Sieg Hail’ – ‘Hail Victory’ – as the Germans beat the Czechs 2-1 in group C.
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The German players decided to not thank their supporters at full-time, as parts of the crowd also failed to respect the one-minute silence before kick-off for two deceased Czech officials.
Head coach, Joachim Low, slammed the section of German fans who shamed the country during the qualifier:
“I am not so much upset or sad as I am full of rage, I think that describes my feelings better. Those are not our fans. I’m disgusted that these so-called fans embarrassed our country on an international stage.‘
As a team we want to stand for good values and a tolerant, open-minded Germany. I think that every one of those people should not be allowed in the stadium.”
‘We don’t want these anarchists, we are not their national team and the behaviour of some of the fans in Prague was the lowest of the low and deeply despicable.”– Joachim Low
It was an ugly reminder of hooliganism that still exists on the international stage and a flashback to the Nazi-era under the Third Reich.
With major fears ahead of the 2018 World Cup, as potential violence and gang clash threatens to take shape in Russia, such actions by the German crowd will only add concerns that countries supporters could take the spotlight away from football.
The German football team will hope this isn’t repeated in their clash against Norway, as they aim to add to their 100% qualifying record on Monday evening.