Bayern Munich: 'We will not accept this coverage' says Karl-Heinz Rummenigge

Joanna Estrada
October 20, 2018

Some Bayern players were criticised for their performances during the global break, with pundits suggesting that older stars such as Manuel Neuer, Jerome Boateng and Mats Hummels had become part of Germany's current problems.

"I have no words for what I've read about Manuel Neuer, I would like to remind you that Manuel was world goalkeeper of the year four times", he intimated.

Bayern Munich officials on Friday threw their support behind coach Niko Kovac and his players despite a four-game winless streak in all competitions, accusing the media of "disrespectful" reporting. "The same goes for Jerome Boateng and Mats Hummels".

Speaking at a news conference scheduled at short notice, the club bosses said reporters should now expect "mail from our media lawyer" for any false or inaccurate reports.

"We will no longer accept this recent kind of media coverage", Rummenigge explained in the press conference. "This applies to the media, it applies also to experts, and it applies above all to experts who once played football for this club".

"Today is an important day for Bayern Munich because we are telling you we will not put up with it anymore, " Rummenigge told a packed new conference. "What happens here is disrespectful and outrageous".

But when asked about Bayern's criticism of Mesut Ozil following his withdrawal from the national team, and of Bayer Leverkusen winger Karim Bellarabi - who made what Hoeness called a "mentally ill" tackle on Rafinha - the president said he should have chosen his words more carefully.

Hoeness said it was "time the most important club in Germany took a clear stance" and added that they "will no longer respect disrespectful reporting".

What was even more weird is how the press conference ended, with club president, Hoeness, publicly lambasting Juan Bernat in a press conference entirely dedicated to criticising the media's portrayals of players.

Lastly it was Salihamidzic's turn.

However, the Bayern chief has clarified his statements on the Arsenal midfielder, stating that he made the comments to take the discussion away from the racist issues surrounding the player's retirement.

"Effenberg works for TV, I work for FC Bayern", Salihamidzic said.

"I was accused of not supporting Niko".

"Not everything is as grim as it is presented and I also said after our good start this season that not everything was rosy", Kovac, in his first season at Bayern, said.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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