Joachim Low
Joachim Low on the touchline during Germany's game against Ukraine Getty

German manager Joachim Low has apologised after he was filmed on the touchline putting his hands down his trousers and sniffing his fingers.

The 59-year-old caused disgust and was heavily ridiculed on social after he was seen reaching down the back and front of his trousers and smelling his hands during Germany's 2-0 win against Ukraine in their opening match at Euro 2016.

When asked about it, the 56-year-old told reporters: "I saw the pictures as well and obviously sometimes you do things subconsciously. It happened and I am sorry." He added: "It was adrenaline and concentration. I will try to behave differently in the future."

The incident was laughed off by German forward Lucas Podolski, who insisted it was not a problem. He said: "I believe 80% of you, and me as well, sometimes scratch your balls from time to time," Podolski said with a laugh. "So everything is fine. It is not an issue in the team."

Germany are set to play Poland in their second Group C match on Thursday evening (16 June), with a victory securing their entry into the last 16 of the competition.