Bayern President Criticizes Disrespectful Germany Reporting

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Kovac Hecking Bayern PS

Surprise was something of an understatement.

Club president Uli Hoeness, chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge and sporting director Hasan Salihamidzic addressed media in an extraordinary press conference on Friday afternoon.

German champion Bayern Munich has hit out against the media for what they call "derogatory, slanderous reporting" of the club's recent struggles - and even threatened to take legal action if necessary.

"I have no words for what I have read about Manuel Neuer. I would like to remind you that Manuel was world goalkeeper of the year four times", Rummenigge told reporters. "The same goes for Jerome Boateng and Mats Hummels".

"We will no longer accept this recent kind of media coverage", Rummenigge explained in the press conference. Today we will protect our players, our coaches and also the club. "It is outrageous, disrespectful and polemical".

Hoeness responded to criticism that Juan Bernat's last-minute transfer to PSG had been a mistake by saying: "The weal and woe of Bayern Munich does not depend on Juan Bernat".

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

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Hoeness, the man who said Germany would be better off without "poor excuse of a footballer " Mesut Ozil after the World Cup, made it clear that he felt the criticism of individual players had been unfair.

Ozil returned to full team training mid-week after recovering from the back spasm that ruled him out of the 5-1 victory over Fulham last week.

Some Bayern players were criticised for their performances during the worldwide 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 should not have said that, " the 66-year-old Hoeness acknowledged.

"I was accused of not supporting Niko".

"On this very day, we decided that we will sell him because he almost cost us the Champions League and I would have loved to hear your statement on what bull-- he played".

After each man had made his point, the floor was briefly opened up to the stunned journalists, including a reporter from popular tabloid Bild, whose reporting and whose publishing house Axel Springer, had been singled out. Where and how that spotlight is focused next may prove to be as interesting as anything that happens on the pitch.

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