Vogel, a German coach who made sexist comments saying that “women should not be on a soccer field”, has said that he offered to coach a women’s soccer team as an apology for his sexist comments and not as if it were a punishment. “It was never my intention to propose this as part of any form of punishment,” the U23 coach of the Borussia Mönchengladbach.
“I presented it as a suggestion to show that I wanted to apologize to the girls and women who play football at Borussia.” Vogel said he made the suggestion to the West German Soccer Association (WDFV) after his sexist comments to colleges Vanessa Arlt and Nadine Westerhoff in a game his team played on Jan. 30.
“After my expulsion I had an emotional outburst in which I said that women should not be on a soccer field. It was stupid, unsportsmanlike and discriminatory. My statement is absolutely unjustifiable, and I would like to make it clear that it does not reflect my personal attitude, “Vogel said in a statement on the club’s website.
Vogel was sanctioned with two games and fined 1,500 euros. He offered to lead several training sessions for the Borussia women’s teams along with his personal apology. The court’s verdict was that he had to take over six training sessions for a women’s team by June 30 as part of the sentence and this drew widespread criticism. The WDFV called for a review of the decision, the German Football Federation (DFB) criticized the trial as “incomprehensible” and female soccer players from Germany’s two main divisions issued a joint statement on Saturday asking “how to train a team of women or girls can be considered as a punishment ”.
Vogel insists: “My intention was always for my verbal apology to be accompanied by actions.” “I hope to coach a women’s team. It is something that I would very much like to do, as it is very important for me to be able to apologize to all the players. I know the best way to do this is to work together in the field. But this will only take place if the players want to participate ”. Gladbach’s sporting director Max Eberl criticized Vogel last week for his comments to the referees.