“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.