Frankfurt / Main (dpa) - DFB Vice President Hannelore Ratzeburg reacted understandingly to the open letter from the Bundesliga soccer players with reference to Gladbach's U23 coach Heiko Vogel.

"I can understand the great anger of the players and understand that they make themselves heard in public," said Ratzeburg in a statement published on Saturday by the German Football Association.

Vogel had received a condition for unsportsmanlike conduct towards two assistant referees from the West German Football Association (WDFV), according to which he had to hold six training sessions for a women's or girls' team by the summer.

"I also find it incomprehensible that a training session for a women's team is prescribed as part of a penalty," explained Ratzeburg.

In the letter, the Bundesliga players around Alexandra Popp, captain of the national team, wrote: "This judgment discriminates against all women in sport and especially in football."

Vogel's behavior, which Gladbach's manager Max Eberl also called “definitely a mistake”, is in the eyes of the players “far more than unsportsmanlike, but rather insulting and discriminatory”.

The DFB wrote that they had been in an exchange with the WDFV for several days.

Its presidium has already ordered “a review of the judgment”.


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