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Pinola gives Schweinsteiger apology for spitting at him

The Local · 17 Nov 2010, 08:05

Published: 17 Nov 2010 08:05 GMT+01:00

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The pair clashed repeatedly during Bayern Munich's 3-0 win over Nuremberg at Munich's Allianz Arena last Sunday when Pinola spat at Schweinsteiger during the first half.

Pinola has apologised to Schweinsteiger, who is set to captain Germany against Sweden on Wednesday in a friendly, but the Argentinean is still likely to be fined and could also be banned for the incident.

"I am ashamed of myself," Pinola admitted in daily Bild. "I am deeply sorry, that shouldn't have happened."

After the incident, the pair confronted each other in the corridors leading to the changing rooms at the end of the first half.

Details of the incident were included in the referee's official match report and Pinola is expected to appear before a disciplinary committee from the German Football Federation (DFB). An investigation was launched on Monday.

"Pinola will be given a fine, which will hurt him," said Nuremberg manager Martin Bader with Bild claiming it will be around €15,000.

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Referee Thorsten Kinhöfer said he did not see the incident and has already been asked about it by the DFB.

Bayern's victory took them up to sixth place in the Bundesliga, 12 points behind leaders Borussia Dortmund, while Nuremberg slipped to 10th.


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15:59 November 18, 2010 by secondlanguage
So, this is exactly where soccer mustn't go at all!

As this Pinola is of Argentina- origin, I can easily imagine why he bears a grudge

against Bastian Schweinsteiger!

He's the guy who closed down their no-show-Messi quite nicely at the world-championship, Congratulations again!

B.S. is wise beyond his youthful years, I'm sure he wasn't at the root of this

regrettable incident.

To the "Pinolas" of the world: Watch your attitude!!!

Show some respect to those who deserve it.
21:19 December 4, 2010 by Logic Guy
Well, it's now clear that FIFA officials, refes and the players are beginning to spin out of control. The recent World Cup in South Africa was so screwed-up. There were morally corrupted refs and dirty players. They ruined the tournament. I congradulate Spain for having a wonderful team, however, it's obvious that other teams were cheated and forced out of the contest.

FIFA is becomming like humanity in general. Greed and moral corruption are destroying everything.
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