Farewell after five years: Marcel Reif turns his back on the talk format “Doppelpass”. The 71-year-old explained this during the broadcast on Sunday afternoon. The commentator legend has been an expert on the cult broadcast of the Munich broadcaster since summer 2016 Sport1 after working for many years Sky and predecessors Premiere had worked as chief commentator. In the “Doppelpass”, Reif had 108 appearances in five years.
Reif is not the only celebrity to turn his back on the “one-two”. Moderator Thomas Helmer also stops. The 1996 European champion, who took over the show in 2015 as the successor to Jörg Wontorra, will be inherited by Florian König for the new season, who is currently broadcasting football and Formula 1 RTL accompanied as a moderator. In addition to Reif, the ex-national players Stefan Effenberg and Mario Basler are permanent experts in the “double pass”.
Marcel Reif did not remain free from controversy
Reif’s work in TV talk was not free of controversy recently: In January he was accused of racism when he said in a debate about the BVB professionals Marco Reus and Mats Hummels: “After the game against Stuttgart there were Messrs. Reus and Hummels, not just any young Turks, but the gentlemen involved who said: ‘Watch out, we are a team that cannot defend’. “
As a result, a debate about the term “Young Turks” used by Reif developed in the social networks. Editor-in-chief Pit Gottschalk distanced himself from racist statements in a statement and defended Reif, who had commented on the excitement 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 Sport1-Information. If he hurt anyone’s feelings, he apologizes in all forms. “But I lack the depth of the thought a little,” he said.
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