Ballack and Loew met to resolve dispute

Other News Materials 31 October 2008 13:04 (UTC +04:00)

Germany captain Michael Ballack and coach Joachim Loew have met to resolve a row amid media speculation on Friday on its outcome, reported dpa.

The German football federation (DFB) announced statements on the meeting, which took place on Thursday at the DFB headquarters in Frankfurt, for later Friday.

Chelsea's Ballack, 32, had criticised Loew last week in a newspaper interview, mainly for benching fellow-midfielder Torsten Frings at two World Cup qualifiers. Ballack said that Loew did not show enough respect for long-time Germany players.

He apologized on the weekend but Loew insisted on a meeting between the two in Germany. Ballack flew to Frankfurt in a private jet and returned to London immediately afterwards.

The Bild daily suggested on Friday that Loew and Ballack have buried the hatchet.

But it remained open whether Ballack had to make further concessions such as resigning as team captain, or that he was possibly even stripped of the captain job by Loew.

Bayern Munich left back Philipp Lahm has been mentioned over the past days as possible new skipper.