A German cycling sporting director has been forced to issue a public apology after he was overheard making racist comments during an Olympic event.
With the Men's Olympic Road Time Trial heating up, sporting director Patrick Moster was barking orders at his rider Nikias Arndt.
But roadside microphones managed to pick up up something that has now landed the German team boss in a world of trouble.
Moster was heard yelling: "Get the camel drivers, get the camel drivers, come on!"
He was referring to Algerian rider Azzedine Lagab as well as Eritrea's Amanuel Ghebreigzabhier, who were both narrowly leading German cyclist Nikias Arndt.
German cycling director Patrick Moster was caught in camera shooting to his rider Nikias Arndt:flag_de: to "Get the camel drivers" referring to Azzedine Lagab:flag_dz: and Amanuel Ghebreigzabhier:flag_er: who were in front of him.pic.twitter.com/93F3kBOk81- Saad M (@CoolTheCucumber) July 28, 2021
The shocking remarks were aired live on TV over in Germany TV.
"Words fail me," ARD commentator Florian Nass said.
"Something like that has no place in sport."
It's understood no formal punishment has been handed down to Moster, although he has now apologised for his actions.
UCI statement concerning words of Sports Director, Patrick Moster. pic.twitter.com/1fTMdba265- UCI_media (@UCI_media) July 28, 2021
"I was in the feed zone and cheered on Nikias Arndt," he told DPA.
"In the heat of the moment and with the overall burden that we have here at the moment, my choice of words was not appropriate.
"I am extremely sorry and can only offer my sincere apologies. I didn't want to offend anyone."
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