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Euro 2016: Germany coach Joachim Low apologises for scratch and sniff antics

International Business Times logo International Business Times 16-06-2016 Ewan Palmer
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German manager Joachim Low has apologised after he was filmed on the touchline putting his hands down his trousers and sniffing his fingers.

The 59-year-old caused disgust and was heavily ridiculed on social after he was seen reaching down the back and front of his trousers and smelling his hands during Germany's 2-0 win against Ukraine in their opening match at Euro 2016.

When asked about it, the 56-year-old told reporters: "I saw the pictures as well and obviously sometimes you do things subconsciously. It happened and I am sorry." He added: "It was adrenaline and concentration. I will try to behave differently in the future."

The incident was laughed off by German forward Lucas Podolski, who insisted it was not a problem. He said: "I believe 80% of you, and me as well, sometimes scratch your balls from time to time," Podolski said with a laugh. "So everything is fine. It is not an issue in the team."

Germany are set to play Poland in their second Group C match on Thursday evening (16 June), with a victory securing their entry into the last 16 of the competition.

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