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1. FC Köln: Ondrej Duda – his hardest day in Cologne! – Bundesliga

What bitterness!

10:11: Ondrej Duda (27) leaves the tent in a side square in Geißbockheim and heads towards the pitch. He then he completes a nearly 90-minute drive with the Cologne amateurs.

13:26: The director leaves the office and runs off in the company car. Before that he was on the report in the office of the new sporting director Christian Keller (43).


New colleagues: Ondrej Duda (right) in training with the Cologne amateurs

New colleagues: Ondrej Duda (right) in training with the Cologne amateursPhoto: Andreas Pohl

Duda’s hardest day in Cologne!

► The Slovakian played a key role in keeping Köln in the league last season with seven goals and six assists. The FC star had to complete his first matchday with the Under 21 team on Tuesday after being sent off as a professional.

Keller declined to comment on the content of the conversation with BILD, he just says, “We met.” But it should be clear that she has read the act of revolt against her star again. Motto: ‘Everything for the team, everything for success. Otherwise you have no chance here! ‘

After the win in Bielefeld (3-1), Duda was disqualified by coach Steffen Baumgart (50) for a week. The reason: he had provoked the team and the coach because, according to the club, he “put his own interests above those of the team”. Duda is said to have refused to warm up just before the end of the Bielefeld match (according to BILD).

► Duda (contract until 2024) has been pushing frustration for weeks. After the final whistle, he marched several times in the locker room annoyed because he no longer had an important role in the starting XI. Although he has appeared in 29 league games, in recent weeks he has mostly only played wild cards or been substituted early.

Baumgart: “You have to drive over there. Talk about it, make up your own mind. Hopefully, he’ll be back next week. Then we smile again. Ondrej remains an important part of the team. In the summer, however, we will see what happens “.

Does Duda still have a future at FC after his ego? Difficult to imagine!

The Slovak has now turned to fans on Instagram and asked for forgiveness: I acknowledge that I made a mistake, accept the consequences and respect the manager’s decision.

I want to clarify that I have not refused to enter the game or train with the team after the game. These are fake rumors.

As a last possible substitute, in the heat of the moment I felt that a 75-minute warm-up would be enough for a short time on the pitch and that I would be ready if the manager decided to let me play for the 5 finals. minutes of play. I was frustrated and did what I did because I wanted so badly and still want to play for FC Köln.

It was never my intention to disrespect the club or the fans that I really admire and respect. “

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