DOHA, Qatar (AP) — Former Germany forward Sandro Wagner has come under fire for offensive comments he made about Qatari men’s traditional dress during a TV commentary during the World Cup between Germany and Spain. Match on Sunday.
Wagner was commenting on the teams’ 1-1 draw. For the German broadcaster ZDF, in the 79th minute, I thought one end of Al Bayt Stadium in Al-Khor was full of German fans.
“Only then did I realize they were Qatari baths,” Wagner said
Wagner was referring to the traditional white full-length dresses with long sleeves worn by many men in the region.
Wagner’s comments sparked outrage on social media.
ZDF responded to some of the complaints with a brief statement on Twitter: “Sandro Wagner’s comment on thub is unfortunately insensitive to the game.” He is not allowed (to say so). We will talk about it.
Wagner has previously made eight appearances for Germany at Bayern Munich among several German clubs.
During the match, Qatari fans protested against the German team. He covered his mouth with a picture of former Germany player Mesut Ozil, who was the target of racist attacks in Germany following his team’s early exit from the 2018 World Cup.
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