Germany vs Norway - We are not their national team - Low condemns 'despicable' chants



Posted Monday, September 04, 2017 by PA

Germany coach Joachim Low has disowned a section of the national team's fan base and condemned their behaviour during the 2-1 victory over the Czech Republic as "despicable".

A minute's silence was interrupted and there were reports of Nazi-era chants being made during the World Cup qualifier in Prague on Friday, resulting in angry players refusing to acknowledge supporters after the victory.

Low, ahead of the visit of Norway, has joined in the criticism, calling for "harsh sanctions" against the perpetrators.

"I am neither upset nor sad. I am full of rage," he told a press conference.

"Those are not our fans. I'm disgusted that these so-called fans embarrassed our country on an international stage.

"We do not want these fanatics. We are not their national team. These are not our fans either.

"This is deeply despicable. I am absolutely for harsh sanctions against these fanatics who brought shame on our country.

"We want to stand as a team for certain values; for a tolerant, cosmopolitan Germany."

The match could see Germany secure top spot in Group C, and qualify for Russia with two games to spare, if they extend their 100 per cent record to eight matches and second-placed Northern Ireland drop points against the Czechs.

Low welcomes back Sami Khedira after the Juventus midfielder recovered from a knee injury.

"I plan to make two or three changes. Yesterday only the players who had not played in Prague from the beginning trained, the others recovered," he added.

"But I'm not betraying too much when I say that Marc-Andre ter Stegen will be in goal and I have a plan for Julian Draxler, who has made a good impression in training."

Norway secured only their second victory of the qualifying campaign against Azerbaijan on Friday to end a run of four matches without a win.

Bournemouth striker Josh King opened the scoring with a penalty in the 2-0 win and said the three points had given them a much-needed boost as they head to Stuttgart.

"The victory gave us confidence but it will be a lot tougher battle on Monday," he said.

"I love playing against big teams and the best in the world. It inspires me."

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