Podolski escapes Germany fine
Lukas Podolski has escaped disciplinary action despite his on-field spat with captain Michael Ballack in Germany's 2-0 win over Wales. Ballack and Podolski clashed in the second half of their Group Four World Cup qualifier at the Millennium Stadium on Wednesday. Although the Bayern Munich striker was caught arguing fiercely with his skipper, the German Football Federation (DFB) revealed they will not be fining the 23-year-old. "The DFB find it hard to take disciplinary measures in this situation," said DFB team manager and former Germany striker Oliver Bierhoff. "There will be no fines or special sanctions." Ballack and Podolski's heated exchange of words was only ended when Germany defenders Per Mertesacker and Philipp Lahm intervened. Germany coach Joachim Low immediately replaced Podolski and has since given the Polish-born marksman some words of warning. Loew point"If the captain gives a player a tactical instruction, then that player must obey," Low confirmed. "That is absolutely clear. Lukas has to listen to an experienced player like Michael Ballack." Podolski later insisted the matter had been dealt with behind closed doors in the dressing room. "Sometimes these things happen on the pitch," said Podolski. "For me, the matter is closed and has been dealt with. "Anyone can see I am a player who sometimes shows emotion, but I don't clear these things up in public. "We are professional enough to discuss these things in private."
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