Stuttgart sack brawl­ing World Cup win­ner

New Straits Times - - Sport -

For­mer Germany in­ter­na­tional Kevin Grosskreutz has been sacked by Stuttgart af­ter a late-night brawl left him hos­pi­talised ear­lier this week.

The 28-year-old for­mer Borus­sia Dort­mund de­fender drew the ire of his Ger­man sec­ond-di­vi­sion club af­ter re­port­edly tak­ing three youth team play­ers with him on a night out which ended in a mass brawl.

Grosskreutz hit the back of his head on the pave­ment dur­ing an al­ter­ca­tion that re­sulted in the ar­rest of four sus­pects.

“I have made an er­ror and I have apol­o­gised for that. I ac­cept the con­se­quences and re­gret that my time at VfB has ended this way,” an emo­tional Grosskreutz said in a hastily-ar­ranged press con­fer­ence.

“I don’t want any­thing to do with football for the time be­ing,” he added.

The in­ci­dent marks a spec­tac­u­lar fall from grace for Grosskreutz, who was an un­used mem­ber of Germany’s 2014 World Cup-win­ning squad.

“Play­ers from the first team have a par­tic­u­lar func­tion as role mod­els for the club as a whole, but above all for our young play­ers,” said Stuttgart sport­ing di­rec­tor Jan Schin­delmeiser.

Grosskreutz won the Bun­desliga twice dur­ing a suc­cess­ful sixyear stint with Dort­mund and also played in their 2013 Cham­pi­ons League fi­nal de­feat to Bay­ern Mu­nich at Wem­b­ley.

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