Bayern Munich call media briefing amid Niko Kovac pressure

Donna Miller
October 20, 2018

After manager Niko Kovac had spoken, chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge and president Uli Hoeness came forward.

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. "The same goes for Jerome Boateng and Mats Hummels".

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.

"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. We will protect our coach, players and club. "What happens here is disrespectful and outrageous".

After Rummenigge had gone on to lambast the "ludicrous" treatment of Bayern veterans Franck Ribery and Arjen Robben, a visibly raging Hoeness took to the microphone.

What was even more freaky 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.

Hoeness said on Friday that the club made the decision to offload Bernat after a particularly bad performance in a 2-1 win over Sevilla in the Champions League, in which Bernat was substituted at half-time for his role in the Spanish side's goal.

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Back in July, Hoeness said that "Ozil has being playing sh*t for years." when asked about the player's retirement after the World Cup.

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

Lastly it was Salihamidzic's turn.

He has been out of work since though he played down rumours linking him with the Bayern job earlier this week. "I should not have said mentally ill, for instance". "I was accused of not standing behind Niko Kovac". Niko knows that I'm behind him.

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.

The anticipation is that Bayern will issue a public statement of support for Kovac, although there is a possibility that they could use the opportunity to announce a new sponsor.

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