The long-time Bundesliga expert and sports commentator Marcel Reif caused irritation with statements on the Sport1 program “Doppelpass”.
In a debate about players from the Bundesliga soccer club Borussia Dortmund, Reif said on Sunday: “After the game against Stuttgart there were Messrs. Reus and Hummels, not just any young Turks, but the gentlemen involved who said:” Watch out, we are a team that cannot defend “.”
In the social networks, a debate developed about the term “young Turks” used by Reif, which was partly interpreted as racism. Ex-national player Lukas Podolski tweeted: “Marcel Reif – unfortunately the name is not the program, instead this stupid statement. Next time just shut up. “
Later, during the broadcast, according to Sport1 reports, Reif said: “I admit that I sometimes use the word Young Turks in language. But is there a racist undertone? Please help me if I missed something. If I hurt anyone’s feelings, I apologize in all fairness. But I lack the depth of the thought a bit. “
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