Dortmund’s Klopp blames own outburst for Napoli defeat

Borussia Dortmund coach Juergen Klopp has apologized for screaming at a fourth official and being sent off during their 2-1 defeat at Napoli in the Champions League, Reuters reports.

Klopp saw most of his team’s game from a stadium TV after he was sent off in the 30th minute for an angry outburst at the fourth official following Napoli’s opening goal.

Klopp was furious with the fourth official for not letting defender Neven Subotic back onto the pitch sooner after an injury break, allowing Napoli to score in the process.

“I apologized immediately after the game to my team, the fourth official and the referee as well,” Klopp told reporters. “I have to accept the consequences for my actions. I was like a clown out there. That was stupid. My emotions turned a well-run game into a hectic affair.”

“I did not show my prettiest face out there. I told myself I did not want to see such pictures of me again and I thought I could do it. It was absolutely my mistake.”

Dortmund, last season’s Champions League runners-up, also had keeper Roman Weidenfeller sent off for handball outside his box.

Klopp blamed himself for the red card, saying his emotional behaviour did not help calm his players down.

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