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

Doris Richards
October 20, 2018

"We will be critical of our players, but we will not accept disrespectful coverage".

Surprise was something of an understatement.

This was a unique moment in Bundesliga history and Bayern bosses railing against the media, experts and ex-players was an own goal in which Karl-Heinz Rummenigge, Uli Hoeneß and Hasan Salihamidzic overstepped the mark.

"I am lost for words [over] what I had to read about Manuel Neuer", Rummenigge said. "Same goes for Jérôme Boateng and Mats Hummels".

The 63-year-old then told reporters to 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.

"It is an important day today". We will protect our coach, players and club. "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.

One reporter later pointed out the irony in Hoeness' stance given his comments on Ozil.

"We met on Monday after Germany's global match against the Netherlands", Rummenigge explained.

Hoeness echoed Rummenigge's sentiments, saying: "The approach of the press is a joke!"

Many Bayern players have found themselves criticised in the media in recent weeks - both for performances for Bayern and for Germany, who are on a run of six defeats in 10 games.

"I should not have said that, " the 66-year-old Hoeness acknowledged. "I was accused of not standing behind Niko Kovac".

As a result, much of the early speculation suggested that this press conference would confirm the departure of coach, Niko Kovac, with Arsene Wenger even lined up to replace him on an interim basis.

With Bayern enduring a hard start to life under Niko Kovač this season, their decision to call a press conference at relatively short notice had fuelled speculation that Wenger - who had made it known that he was ready to return to management - may be about to replace the Croat.

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