18 Mar Gladbach U23s coach ‘ordered’ to coach ladies’s team as punishment
Borussia Monchengladbach’s under-23 coach Heiko Vogel was ordered to coach the ladies’s team as punishment for “unsporting behaviour” in direction of a referee throughout a match, the Western German FA (WDFV) confirmed to Football4cast.
Vogel, a former Champions League coach at Swiss membership FC Basel, was banned from the dugout for 2 matches for “unsporting” behaviour in direction of referee Marcel Benkhoff and his assistants Vanessa Arlt and Nadine Westerhoff throughout a 2-1 win over Bergisch Gladbach within the regional fourth division in late January.
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The 44-year-old was additionally fined €1,500 and ordered to teach a ladies’s or ladies’ team for six classes, with the FA permitting Vogel till June 30 to fulfil that a part of the decision.
The choice was met with criticism, with Nicole Selmer of the Frauen im Fussball (Girls in football) community telling Football4cast that it was “sending a deadly message.”
“It reveals that at no matter degree ladies and ladies play football, they don’t seem to be taken as critical as males and boys,” Selmer stated.
“This punishment for the Gladbach coach places teaching a ladies’s team on a degree with social work. Nevertheless it’s not like that. Girls’s football is a sport, and people who take part in it are as skilled as their male counterparts.
“In the event you strip away every little thing and provides it to them they’ve good intentions, it’s nonetheless sending a deadly message, as teaching a ladies’s or ladies’ team is a part of a punishment for a misconduct.”
The WDFV didn’t remark on the order to teach a ladies’s team nor on the criticism. It stated that it was nonetheless a pending litigation and the order beneath scrutiny.
Vogel, in the meantime, has sat out his two-match ban and can return to the Gladbach U23 dugout of their match in opposition to Rot-Weiss Essen in Germany’s fourth tier on the weekend.