Western Sydney Wanderers Markus Babbel has been cited for swearing in a post-match press conference. Picture: James Gourley/AAP
Western Sydney Wanderers Markus Babbel has been cited for swearing in a post-match press conference. Picture: James Gourley/AAP

Fowler defends Babbel: "I swear quite a lot myself"

BRISBANE coach Robbie Fowler has expressed sympathy for Western Sydney counterpart Markus Babbel, who is in strife for swearing in a post-match press conference.

Babbel has been cited by the FFA for dropping a couple of F-bombs while fielding questions from journalists following the Wanderers' controversial A-League loss to Melbourne City last Friday.

Babbel took exception to questions about a penalty awarded by referee Chris Beath after Wanderers' midfielder Pirmin Schwegler was ruled to have pushed Denis Genreau in the box in the second half.

The former Germany international has since conceded he did the wrong thing and pledged to attempt to be calmer in the future.

Fowler, however, who played alongside Babbel at English giants Liverpool for just over a season, didn't think the outburst was the end of the world.

"Any manager would be in the same boat when you're not getting the results," Fowler said.

"I swear quite a lot myself ... we're here to do a job and if the job isn't going as well as what you would've liked then a few choice words are going to be said.

"At times you've got to rein it in a little bit, but at the end of the day we're all human and when things aren't going your way we want to try and put it out there, don't we."

Brisbane Roar coach Robbie Fowler. Picture: Glenn Hunt/AAP
Brisbane Roar coach Robbie Fowler. Picture: Glenn Hunt/AAP

Wanderers defender Daniel Georgievski was also cited and issued with a show-cause notice by the FFA after the match for a social media post following the 3-2 loss.

Fowler said Babbel's strong emotions were no different than those he'd seen in the dressing room when they were players.

"Of course. That's why he was a winner," Fowler said.

"That's what we want. We want the players to be passionate, we want the fans to be passionate and we want the managers to be passionate. It's a passionate game."

News Corp Australia


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