Bayern’s Hoeness accuses opponents of rough-house tactics

BERLIN: Bayern Munich general manager Uli Hoeness has slammed the treatment dished out to French winger Franck Ribery during Saturday’s clash with Hanover.

And Hoeness accused his team’s opponents of resorting to rough-house tactics due to Bayern’s superiority.

“The teams that can’t match us on the pitch try to make up for it with excessive violence,” he told the bi-weekly Kicker magazine on Monday.

“People want to see good football but at the same time this beautiful football is being destroyed by nasty fouls. Ribery took so many knocks to his ankles: it was done deliberately to endanger his physical health. It’s incredible, almost every duel ended in a kick.”

Hoeness was so incensed during the match that he remonstrated with Hanover coach Dieter Hecking.

“This can’t continue like that,” added Hoeness. “One day a referee is going to have to send off seven or eight players so that everyone is warned.”

Bayern’s rivals had little sympathy for Hoeness’ stance, though.

“Football is not chess and Ribery knows that. And anyway, in France it is more physical,” Bayer Leverkusen’s sporting director Rudi Voeller told Bild newspaper.

Bayern coach Ottmar Hitzfeld said after the game, a 3-0 victory for the Munich club, that he was afraid for Ribery but advised his team to “move the ball quicker and not dribble so much”.

Bayern splashed out more than 70mil euros in the summer to assemble a formidable squad that are expected to romp away with the title and have already scored 10 goals in their opening three games, with none conceded. – AFP
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