Gruesome Soccer 'Joke' Kicks Off Outrage

Poland's coach apologizes for bloodied German tabloid photos
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 6, 2008 11:55 AM CDT
Poland national soccer team coach Leo Beenhakker speaks during a press conference following a closed training session in Bad Waltersdorf , Austria ,Wednesday, June 5, 2008.    (AP Photo/Czarek Sokolowski)
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(Newser) – The coach of Poland's soccer team has apologized to Germany after a tabloid paper printed doctored photos making it look like he was holding the severed heads of Germany's coach and captain, the Guardian reports. The countries face each other in the Euro 2008 tournament on Sunday, and elements of the Polish media have been playing up  their troubled history.

Poland's coach—a Dutchman— slammed the tabloid stunt, which has caused outrage in Germany. "It was an awful thing, and we want to totally distance ourselves from these weird and dirty and sick people who think they have to represent Poland this way in relation to Euro 2008," he said.