Fink caught up in a storm

Manager Thorsten Fink was forced to apologise for a rant against
opposition fans on Saturday. During their Schweizer Cup match
against second-tier side Servette, which they needed extra-time and
penalties to negotiate, Fink became enraged at a section of the
home support, making a gesture to them and apparently calling them
“bums”. A penitent Fink said afterwards: “It was not about the
referee or an opponent, but two or three fans were being offensive.
“There were no racist comments, but something of that nature
provoked me. I’m sorry.” Fink needs quickly to shift the focus to
matters on the pitch as the two bottom sides in Group E prepare to
clash at St Jakob-Park. The equation is the same for both teams – a
win would keep them in with a chance of qualifying for the knockout
stages, while anything less could spell the end. Extra time was the
last thing the side needed with such an important game on the
horizon, with Alex Frei and Benjamin Huggel both playing 60 minutes
off the bench when Fink had hoped to rest them. “The thing that
annoyed me is that we have lost fitness before the game Tuesday,”
said the coach. And there was worse news for Fink, who saw two more
players pick up injuries in the game. On top of the already
sidelined Marco Streller and Valentin Stocker, Scott Chipperfield
injured a calf while Jacques Zoua sustained a muscular problem.
Both Basle and Cluj have three points – three fewer than
second-placed Roma – and are relying to some extent on the result
of the group’s other game between the Italian side and Bayern
Munich, who boast a perfect record. Cluj currently sit above the
Swiss team having won the fixture between the two sides back in
September, while Basle’s only points came, impressively, from a win
at Roma. Cluj are suffering a miserable season domestically,
sitting a lowly eighth in the table, although they are unbeaten in
five league games.