Dortmund coach Klopp handed one match C1 ban

24 September 2013 01:46

Borussia Dortmund coach Jurgen Klopp has been handed a one match ban by European football's governing body UEFA following his 'pathetic' antics during the 2-1 Champions League defeat at Napoli.

The explosive 46-year-old manager will have to watch next Tuesday's home European group tie to French runners-up Marseille from the stands next Tuesday.

UEFA's disciplinary commission will meet on October 2 to decide whether Klopp will be suspended a further match or handed a fine.

Klopp, who led Dortmund to the Champions League final last season where they were narrowly beaten 2-1 by treble-winning Bayern Munich, received the penalty after verbally abusing the fourth official during their fiery fixture against joint Serie A leaders Napoli on September 18.

He was subsequently sent to the stands by the match referee and later apologised for his over exuberant outburst.

The decision is a further blow for Klopp - who led the team to the domestic league and Cup double in 2012 - as he will have to replace his suspended first-choice 'keeper Roman Weidenfeller who was shown a straight red card in Italy for handball outside the box.

"I made myself look like a monkey out there and that's not on," he told ZDF television following the match.

"I overstepped the mark and it was really pathetic of me.

"I've already apologised to the team, the referee and the fourth official. I got it wrong.

"I have to accept the blame for this red card, it was just stupid of me." he said at the time.

The incident was provoked by the official's refusal to allow central defender Neven Subotic to return to play

Source: AFP