Germany boss Joachim Low’s ‘scratch and sniff’ explanation makes no sense

Joachim Low is set to step down as manager of the German national side following the conclusion of Euro 2020, as he looks to capture the one accolade that has alluded him.

That's not to say Low hasn't hit the headlines during the championships, and he provided his crowning performance at Euro 2016 in France.

His German side were taking on Ukraine, at the Stade Pierre-Mauroy in Lille, and TV cameras caught the German gaffer reach down his trousers before sniffing his fingers in front of millions.

And his explanation for the unfortunate incident was as questionable as his actions.

"It was adrenaline and concentration. I will try to behave differently in the future," Low explained in his post-match press conference.

However, Biochemist Dr Patrick Healy – who spoke to SBNation – remained unconvinced: "I have not done any research on this, but I can't see any reason adrenaline would do that.

"It makes no sense at all. The only explanation is that he was fidgety because of it, but that's stretching it."

Low was quick to issue an apology: "I saw the pictures as well and obviously sometimes you do things subconsciously. It happened and I am sorry."

This Euros is Low's last ride with Die Mannschaft, and after a slow start, Germany hit top gear on Saturday evening as they brushed aside Portugal with ease.

Their final group game, against Hungary, is on Wednesday, and Germany need at least a point to guarantee progression to the next round.

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