Derek Henkle made world headlines after asking the dozy question and fans are not convinced his excuse was genuine
THE journalist who asked new Chicago Fire signing Bastian Schweinsteiger if the MLS side can win the World Cup has apologised for ‘any offending anyone’.
Derek Henkle, a video journalist of the likes of AFP and the Associated Press, went viral after asking the dozy question at a press conference earlier this week.
The former Manchester United star looked amused at Henkle’s question – which was repeated again by the hapless reporter.
But the former German international, who did win the World Cup in 2014 in Brazil, styled it out and overlooked the odd question by stating he wants to help the people of Chicago enjoy soccer.
MLS teams can of course qualify for the Club World Cup by winning the Concacaf Champions League.
In an email to the Telegraph, Henkle said: “I’m truly sorry if I offended anyone. As a general assignment video reporter, I was seeking facts at a press conference.
“I get that I named the wrong trophy and greatly appreciate Schweinsteiger attempting to clean up the question for me. It was a classy move.
“My question missed its mark, but it has allowed me to become better educated on the ins and outs of soccer.
“I may have been one of the only general assignment guys in the room – but I believe, like a lot of Chicago, that Bastian Schweinsteiger’s arrival presents an amazing opportunity for those of us who want to experience soccer to more fully embrace the sport.
“I report on everything ranging from presidential politics to science – and I’m the first to admit that I don’t know everything, but I do ask.”
Having joined from United, he was mobbed by US football fans as he jetted into Chicago airport, where he was happy to pose for selfies and look relaxed among the army of American autograph hunters.
Reporter Henkle could have got muddled as in some US sports they refer to themselves as “world champions” upon winning a major tournament.
But many are not convinced his excuse was genuine, judging by the replies to his rather sheepish tweet about having a “tough day at the office”…