Germany assistant coach apologizes for remark

BY foxsports • June 8, 2012

Germany's assistant coach has apologized for making a military-style remark ahead of the team's match against Portugal in Lviv, which suffered atrocities under Nazi occupation in World War II.

Hansi Flick told reporters Friday that Germany's plan to defend against Cristiano Ronaldo's free kicks was ''to put on steel helmets and make ourselves big.''

Flick later issued an apology and said it was a ''slip of the tongue.''

Head coach Joachim Loew later noted in Lviv that Flick had distanced himself from the remark and apologized.

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