The former defensive player of the Royal Blues claimed in front of TV cameras that midfield players Nabil Bentaleb and Amine Harit’s lack of discipline was due to their origins. Schalke reacted indignantly.
Racist statements by ex-national player Steffen Freund in the Sport1 program “Doppelpass” caused outrage on the Internet on Sunday. The former Schalke professional drew a connection between the lack of discipline of the Schalke players Nabil Bentaleb and Amine Harit and their origins.
About Bentaleb Freund said: “I still know him from Spurs (Premier League club Tottenham Hotspur, where Freund was assistant coach from 2012 to 2014, editor’s note). He’s one of the best players then Also. In the end, ended up at Schalke. But is of French-Algerian origin. Character … If you have a squad planner, you have to know that there is also a lack of discipline if he is not the one who is set. ” But it is important to “mess” with Schalke.
Ex-soccer player Steffen Freund has in dopa Racially expressed about the Schalke players Bentaleb and Harit. Bentaleb was not disciplined because of his French-Algerian origin. Even Harit could not “mess with these roots”. S04 pic.twitter.com/ObeiG9OuXe
– Deutschlandfunk Sport (@DLF_Sport) November 29, 2020
“And then I’ll be with Harit. Of course he can’t do that with his roots either,” said Freund. Harit is a Moroccan international born in France. Both professionals are currently again suspended at Schalke.
Schalke reacts indignantly, Bentaleb sarcastically
In the same broadcast, Freund later tried to explain his statements. “I heard in the public media that it came across as racist. Of course, that wasn’t meant,” said the 50-year-old. However, origins play a role in how you grow up as a person. “And what your mentality is. In Tottenham, if he didn’t like the game, he just left the field,” said Freund.
FC Schalke 04 later commented on Freund’s statements via Twitter: “The pause for thought for Harit and Bentaleb has nothing to do with their roots! For us, that basically has nothing to do with the # origin.”
When it’s said with so much finesse …
– Nabil Bentaleb (@ nabilbentaleb42) November 29, 2020
Bentaleb also responded to Freund’s statements. On Twitter he wrote with bitter sarcasm: “If it is said with so much finesse … Great, Steffen.”
Sport1 has not yet commented publicly on Freund’s statements. Freund himself wrote hours after his controversial appearance on Twitter: “Anyone who knows me and my career as a player and coach a little knows that I deeply detest any form of racism. Of course, neither skin color, belief or origin are responsible for the achievements of a player in training and on the pitch. ” The ex-professional continues: “Nobody is more annoyed than me that I unfortunately expressed myself in such a misleading way in the ‘double pass’. I would like to sincerely apologize for that.”