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DFB defends its players

Berlin: The head of Germany’s national soccer association (DFB) said on Wednesday that German players celebrating their World Cup triumph did not intend to be disrespectful when they performed a dance that poked fun at their defeated opponent Argentina.

During victory celebrations in front of fans in Berlin on Tuesday a group of players stooped low and chanted “This is how Gauchos walk, Gauchos they walk like this”, before jumping up to shout: “This is how Germans walk, Germans they walk like this!”

Wolfgang Niersbach, president of the DFB football association, said the dance was “in no way meant disrespectful”, adding that it was a “spontaneous” expression of the players’ joy.

“They are all absolutely decent and fair sportsmen who don’t make fun of anyone but just wanted to celebrate with the fans,” he said in a statement on the DFB’s website. “We’re sorry if this came across the wrong way or was misunderstood by some people.”

He said he would write a letter to Argentina FA and make it clear that the routine was not meant disrespectfully.