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FC Köln sporting director Armin Veh fined for calling referee biased toward Bayern Munich

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Armin Veh was fined for claiming the referee in Köln’s match against Bayern Munich might as well have been wearing a red jersey.

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FC Köln’s Sporting Director, Armin Veh, has been fined by the German Football Association (DFB) for his comments after the game between FC Köln and Bayern Munich on matchday five, in which Bayern breezed past Köln in a 4-0 victory. During the game, Bayern Munich was awarded a penalty kick that resulted in a goal for Bayern and red card for Köln’s defender Kingsley Ehizibue.

Armin Veh complained about the penalty, as well as chief referee Patrick Ittrich in general throughout the game, saying afterward,

The decision was in keeping with the referee’s performance: a disaster! He might as well have put on Bayern’s red jersey.

According to Sport1, Veh was fined €5,000 for the referee criticism, which was cited as unsportsmanlike conduct. In addition to his €5,000 fine, Armin Veh will have to worry about how he will get FC Köln out of the relegation zone. Köln has struggled and currently is placed 16th, ahead of Augsburg and Paderborn, in the relegation playoff spot.