Now Herbert Hainer (68) is up against Manuel Neuer (36)!
At the commemoration ceremony for the victims of the Manchester United plane crash 65 years ago today at Munich Riem Airport, the Bayern President reprimanded his goalkeeper for his interviews with the attack.
In talks with the “Süddeutsche Zeitung” and “The Athletic” that were not approved by FC Bayern, Neuer had severely criticized the expulsion of his goalkeeping coach and close confidante Toni Tapalovic.
Hainer: “It is incomprehensible and disappointing for us that Manuel did not seek the way to us, but went directly to the public.”
And further: “I’m even more disappointed than angry, because I would have thought that Manuel – who has been with us for so long – has so much trust and comes to us first to discuss it.”
In the exclusive BamS interview, sports director Hasan Salihamidzic (46) recently rebuked Neuer for his explosive statements.
Brazzo: “I understand that Manuel is personally affected. But I would have expected a different behavior from him, especially as captain.”
Oliver Kahn (53) publicly took the five-time world goalkeeper to the “dpa” directly after the publication of the attack interviews.
“What Manuel said in parts of these two interviews in connection with Toni Tapalovic’s release does neither do justice to him as captain nor to the values of FC Bayern. In addition, his statements come at an inopportune time because we are facing very important games,” said Bayern’s CEO.
Hainer emphasizes: “I support one hundred percent what Oliver Kahn and Hasan Salihamidzic said.”
However, the president does not want to talk about possible consequences such as the withdrawal of the captain’s armband or a fine for Neuer.
“We will now sit down with him and work through everything calmly and professionally. The most important thing now is that Manuel gets well again and can play. And then we’ll see.”
But what Hainer is already making clear: A contract termination like that between Manchester United and Cristiano Ronaldo (38) after the scandalous interview in which the Portuguese verbally attacked his bosses is not up for discussion with the record champions!
Hainer: “There was absolutely no question of terminating the contract. Manuel is our player and has a contract. This is not FC Bayern. Here we clarify something like that internally and that is what makes our club special and strong.”