News : Sport1 defends Marcel Reif against criticism because of “Young Turks” statement
The 71-year-old had said on Sunday in a debate about players from the Bundesliga soccer club Borussia Dortmund: “After the game against Stuttgart there were Messrs. Reus and Hummels, not just any young Turks, but the gentlemen who are at stake said: ‘Watch out, we’re a team that can’t defend’. “
As a result, a debate had developed on social networks about the term “young Turks” used by Reif, which was partly interpreted as racism.
Marcel Reif: “Please help me if I missed something”
Sport1 editor-in-chief Pit Gottschalk said on request: “This term was never meant to be racist. Marcel Reif made this explicitly clear again in the program.” He emphasized: “In principle, like our partner Check24, we clearly distance ourselves from all racist ideas.”
The name sponsor of the program “Doppelpass” at Sport1 had announced a conversation with the broadcaster. “Check24 condemns any form of racism. We are very sorry that these statements have come about,” said a spokeswoman for the comparison portal in a written statement.
Reif had commented on his statements during the broadcast. “I admit that I sometimes use the word Young Turks. But is there a racist undertone? Please help me if I missed something,” he said, according to Sport1. If he hurt anyone’s feelings, he apologizes in all forms. “But I lack the depth of the thought a little,” he said.