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Germany coach facing suspension for bickering

Germany coach Joachim Loew will learn today if he'll be banned from thetouchline for his team’s European Championship quarter-final matchagainst Portugal.

Germany coach Joachim Loew will learn today if he'll be banned from the touchline for his team’s European Championship quarter-final match against Portugal.

Loew is facing a possible suspension after he and Austria coach Josef Hickersberger were banished to the stands by the referee after they appeared to bicker with the fourth official shortly before halftime of Germany's 1-0 win Monday.

UEFA's control and disciplinary body was set to make a decision yesterday once it had read the referee's report, but the governing body said the meeting had been put back a day so that it could review any incidents from Tuesday’s first-round matches between France and Italy, and the Netherlands and Romania as well.

Loew would also be able to appeal against any ban, so the timing further hampers Germany's preparations for the crucial match in Basel, Switzerland. The three-time champions have already had one day less rest than Portugal and any ban for Loew, would prevent him from having any contact with his players or assistant coaches.

 
 
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