The coach of Union Berlin football team, Nenad Bjelica, has been suspended for three matches today, a day after receiving a red card for hitting Bayern Munich forward Leroy Sane during a match. The Union Berlin coach will miss the upcoming matches against Darmstadt, Leipzig, and Mainz, and has also been fined 25,000 euros by the German Football Association.
The incident was treated as “unsporting behavior,” and Bjelica has accepted the punishment, as stated by the association. Following the match, which Bayern won 1-0, Bjelica stated that his behavior cannot be tolerated but also indicated that he will not apologize to Sane, claiming that the Bayern player had provoked and pushed him. The Croatian coach also mentioned that he was “a little bit excited” at the time of the incident as his team had been denied a penalty shortly before.
Union Berlin is currently 15th in the Bundesliga table, with three points separating them from the relegation zone.