BERLIN, July 16 (Xinhua) -- President of the German Football Association(DBF) Wolfgang Niersbach apologized on Wednesday in a statement for irritation caused by the gaucho dance of the German football players.
On Tuesday during the welcome ceremony, Miroslav Klose, Andre Schuerrle, Shkodran Mustafi, Mario Goetze, Roman Weidenfeller and Toni Kroos ran with a stoop to the stage at the Brandenburg Gate and sang in allusion to the final opponents Argentina: "This is how the gauchos walk, the gauchos walk like this."
The gaucho dance of the German football champions has then triggered debate in German media and online.
Berlin daily Der Tagesspiegel wrote on Tuesday that the gaucho dance on the fan mile was tasteless, while German newspaper Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung (FAZ) wrote that the victory celebration at the Brandenburg Gate turned into a gigantic own goal.
"I know from Oliver Bierhoff that the idea of the players has emerged spontaneously from the emotion and joy," said Niersbach on Wednesday.
"They are all absolutely decent and fair sportsmen who make no fun of anyone, but simply wanted to celebrate with the fans jolly. Sorry if this is a misunderstanding for some people," said Niersbach, while defending the German national players.
Meanwhile, Niersbach said he wanted to make it clear to his Argentine colleague Julio Grondona in a lette that "the action was meant disrespectfully in no way."
"We have utmost respect for Argentina, best relations with the local association and we look forward to the imminent reunion at international match in Dusseldorf," Niersbach said.