Bayer Leverkusen boss banned for ‘nutcase’ jibe….

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Bayer Leverkusen head coach Roger Schmidt has been banned and fined for calling an opposing manager “a nutcase” during a Bundesliga game. Schmidt was sent off by the referee for insulting Hoffenheim’s Julian Nagelsmann in Saturday’s 3-0 home loss. “That was nothing, what sort of a nutcase are you? Just shut your mouth,” Schmidt shouted after going 2-0 down. The 49-year-old has been banned for two games and handed a 15,000 euros fine. The German was sanctioned after triggering a suspended sentence from February this year. He had been banned for three games, with a further two in the event of a repeat offence before June 2017, for refusing a referee’s order to leave the sidelines during a 1-0 defeat to Borussia Dortmund. Schmidt will be unable to have any contact with the team for half an hour before, during and after Tuesday’s German Cup second-round match against Lotte and Saturday’s league match against Wolfsburg. Leverkusen’s director of sport Rudi Voller has sought a meeting with the head of the disciplinary committee.

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