Updated on 24/04/2022 at 11:49
- There was actually a jubilant atmosphere at 1. FC Köln.
- With the boring 3-1 victory against Arminia Bielefeld, FC stays on course against Europe three matches before the end of the season.
- But Anthony Modeste’s curious coffee cheers cause trouble.
Anthony Modeste certainly achieved the desired advertising effect with his coffee celebration, but the advertising should not have been free in the end. With the controversial action in the 3-1 victory against Arminia Bielefeld, which can safely be described as hidden advertising, the goal scorer from 1. FC Köln got his coach Steffen Baumgart reprimanded. And it could very well be that the club or association will ask him to pay.
“It’s always thin ice,” Baumgart said, “do not overdo it, otherwise you usually get – to put it a little harshly – in the face. I will not say more about that.” Modeste’s one-time action in the Bundesliga in the 43rd minute was too cheeky. After his goal to 2-1, the Frenchman ran behind the goal, where he deposited a packet of the coffee he had produced in an FC bag from the fan shop. He held the package up to the camera and then threw it into the audience.
Modeste went a step too far
It was actually thought that Baumgart would forgive his extravagant goal scorer for everything. As he stole his flat cap while celebrating a goal or spraying water on his face, Baumgart smiled and moderated it publicly. Motto: Tony can do it! But this time the attacker went a step too far.
Modeste’s explanation: he would only do good. “I will never forget where I come from,” said Modeste, who was still handing out coffee packages to the spectators after the final whistle: “It was a small thank you because the fans always support us. So I gave some coffee. I can not give my shirt . ” The FC players wore a special jersey with the words “Live Sustainably” against Arminia. The main sponsor had approved the advertising space on the coffin. And it is precisely in this game that Modeste acts in his own interest.
Modeste’s action so far is unique
There is no real precedent in the Bundesliga. In 2009, Mario Gomez flapped his wings and imaginatively tore open a can. As an advertisement for an energy drink – today he is the technical director of Red Bull Soccer – Gomez did not want to be understood. He greeted his friends. DFB waived a penalty because “the possible re-introduction of an advertising measure as part of a party scene through gestures alone does not meet the requirement of unsportsmanlike conduct.” But Modeste not only made the gesture of the espresso drinker.
Baumgart was also annoyed by the action because Modeste opened up an unnecessary side show in the middle of the battle for qualification for Europe, which one had not even dreamed of before the season. In the end, the discussion surrounding his celebration dominated the headlines. And not the fans’ euphoria. Or the coach’s warning words.
Baumgart should provide the reminder
“You can not see our race,” Baumgart warned: “You can see the boys thinking about it. None of them have played for Europe lately. When you are seventh, you should actually be able to perform. more light-footed and swam up in a wave. I did not see that. “
In that respect, Modeste was at least the shining example. The 34-year-old played carefree as always and also prepared 3-1 through Jan Thielmann in a team-friendly manner. And believe fully and firmly in Europe. “I have a déjà vu about 2017,” he said, laughing and looking at the last entry: “And we all know what happened there.” (dpa / ska)
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