A nationalist politician in
Germany has been condemned
for appearing to suggest the
national football team is not
German enough.
Beatrix von Storch tweeted that
“perhaps next time the German
NATIONAL TEAM should play again?”
after Germany lost the Euro 2016
semi-final to France on Thursday
Her choice of the German word
“Nationalmannschaft” – instead of the
term “Die Mannschaft”, now commonly
used for the squad – was seen as
criticism of immigrant players.
Berlin’s state interior minister Frank
Henkel accused her of “wallowing in
racist prejudices”.
Ms von Storch later deleted the tweet
but defended it against what she
called “political correctness”.
Members of her Alternative for
Germany party have previously been
criticised for disparaging remarks
about a black football player,
suggesting border guards should be
allowed to shoot refugees, and for
downplaying the Holocaust.