Tuesday night sees Denmark travel to Armenia in World Cup qualification, but the Scandinavians pre-match preparations have been clouded by a poor choice of words from their head coach Morten Olsen.
The reverse fixture in Copenhagen back in July saw Armenia register a 4-0 win against the Danes, and when discussing that match in the run-up to this week’s fixture Olsen compared the defeat to the atrocities of 9/11.
Olsen told reporters:
Maybe it is hard to compare, and probably we should not compare, but football wise [the 4-0 defeat to Armenia] was our September 11th.
No sooner had the words seemed to exit Olsen’s mouth that the backlash begun. The fact that the Danish coach made the comments just two days before anniversary of the attacks on America, has only heightened the poor choice of words from the coach.
Looking to put out the fire before it got out of control, Olsen took to Twitter to issue an apology. Olsen, via the Denmark national team’s Twitter handle, wrote:
I’m sorry if my comparison – despite my reservations – inadvertently offended some people.
Morten Olsen om 11/9-kommentar: Jeg er ked af, hvis sammenligningen – trods mine forbehold – utilsigtet har såret nogle mennesker
— Dansk Boldspil-Union (@DBUfodbold) September 9, 2013