Loew must keep mouth shut

MORRIS DALLA COSTA -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 11:11 AM ET

BASEL, SWITZERLAND -- Germany's coach Joachim Loew will to have to watch his team's quarter-final match against Portugal today from somewhere other than his team's bench.

UEFA decided yesterday to suspend Loew for one game after he and Austria coach Josef Hickersberger were ejected from their final group game on Monday after they argued with fourth official, Damir Skomina of Slovenia.

Loew can't have anything to do with his team from half-an-hour before the match until a half-hour after the contest.

Hickersberger was also suspended for a game, but his team is eliminated from the tournament.

Oliver Bierhoff, manager of the German team, said the suspension was largely due to the "arrogance" of the fourth official.

The official assists other officials with substitutions, checks players before they come into the game and ensures the coaches stay within their coaching box.

"We're disappointed," said Bierhoff "It's not good for the team and it's not a good decision for football.

"In 14 years, Joachim has never had a suspension or fine."

While communication is banned, coaches have been known to communicate by cell phone or hand signals.

Bierhoff was asked how Loew would communicate with his team.

"We will not be communicating," he said.

He had earlier predicted he would be exonerated by UEFA.

"I expect to be vindicated and absolved," he told reporters. "I haven't offended anyone. I didn't transgress any serious rules."

Loew had the support of the coach who will be on the opposite bench today.

"I want to see Joachim on the bench," said Luiz Felipe Scolari, head coach for Portugal. "It won't change anything on the pitch."


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