I think I have already gotten used to the fact that Lahm’s words quite often have some kind of resonance. But that is a good thing, isn’t it? It means they matter, and that is wonderful. It does surprise me though every time.
First, it was Platini who responded to Lahm’s “criticism”. Now, it is Karl-Heinz Rummenigge who criticizes Lahm for criticizing Platini. I am not going to recount the whole story, which you can read here and here, but start with Rummenigge himself.
In particular, Spiegel reports that,
The Chairman of FC Bayern, Karl-Heinz Rummenigge, told Philipp Lahm off for his demand made to Michel Platini. Lahm has asked UEFA’s president to take a stand on the political situation in Ukraine. “It would have been better if he had left it alone,” said Rummenigge to “Welt” on Sunday.
Rummenigge also found Lahm’s request inappropriate. “This is not his job,” said the 57-year-old, though not disapproving of Lahm’s critical tone towards Ukrain’s government, “it is expected that the captain of the National Team takes a stand.”
Am I the only one who thinks Rummenigge contradicts himself there? What exactly is the problem? It looks like bringing Platini into it was a wrong decision on Lahm’s part. But he is the head of UEFA! Michel Platini is a grown-up man, and one can hardly say that Lahm criticized him. He asked him to take a stand and was wondering what Platini would say. That was it. What Lahm did criticize was Ukraine’s government. I do no think that Platini is in any need of defending.
Morevover, if not Lahm, then who? What I mean is that we can agree or disagree with his point of view, but he has the right to express it if not as a person, then as the captain of the German National Team. Rummenigge is aware of that, thus..?
PS.: Jogi Löw does not seem to have a problem with it. In the same article, it is reported that he has not commented on Lahm’s statement, but he has said that players can express their opinion when they want to.