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Schweini apologises to president for snub

The Local · 22 May 2012, 09:16

Published: 22 May 2012 09:16 GMT+02:00

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"I wasn't taking anything around me in anymore," Schweinsteiger said on Monday, after several newspapers printed a photo of the snub. "I was in despair, disappointed, almost paralysed."

The 27-year-old said it was "definitely not true," and "a misunderstanding" to speak of a "refused handshake," and said he had simply been too crushed to see the president's outstretched hand.

Some papers even suggested that the handshake refusal may have been retribution after Gauck apparently celebrated Dortmund's win over Bayern in the German Cup final in Berlin the week before.

Bayern lost the Champions League final 4-3 on penalties, after the game finished 1-1 after extra time. Schweini smashing their final penalty against the post – allowing Chelsea's Ivorian striker Didier Drogba to convert the spot-kick that clinched it for the London club.

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Your comments about this article

10:40 May 22, 2012 by domoresti
Deliberate snub? The guy's just lost his team the cup. He probably doesn't even remember his own name.
11:26 May 22, 2012 by Gilly58
So he missed a pen and Bayern lost a football match... whoopee do. I bet he remembers how much he gets paid though eh! Their all a bunch of overpaid primadonnas! He knew exactly who was there and what the Etiquette was ...he just chose to be a prat...
12:02 May 22, 2012 by MaKo
Wow... that is stunningly arrogant, even by the FC Bayern standard.
13:53 May 22, 2012 by Berliner Mauer
Having been a professional athlete for over 10 years, I have had a similar experience where I lost a cup for my team and country... and despite the logic that one must maintain etiquette on the world stage, I completely shut down and I was not approachable in those moments directly after the loss. Overpaid primadonna or not, getting to that level takes great heart and spirit and getting ones heart crushed hurts whether you are dirt poor or filthy rich.
16:36 May 22, 2012 by Englishted
The Chelsea team should have snubbed Michel Platini for allowing the game to be played in München to begin with.
17:17 May 22, 2012 by twisted
Personally, I hope Bayern lose again tonight...three in a row would be really nice.
18:39 May 22, 2012 by Englishted
Bayern always the bridesmaid never the bride Munich.
15:16 June 6, 2012 by Craptastic
Give the kid a break. He just had one of the worst days of his young life.
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