Bayern Munich Chief clarifies statements on Mesut Ozil

Alfred Osborne
October 20, 2018

Bayern Munich president Uli Hoeness has hit out at the German media, accusing journalists of "disrespectful reporting".

As reported by Sky Sports, Bayern president Uli Hoeness will be present at the press conference which is due to start at 11am United Kingdom time, along with chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge as well as sporting director Hasan Salihamidzic.

Champions for the past six seasons, Bayern are sixth in the Bundesliga and without a win in four games. "Today is an important day as we inform you that we will no longer tolerate this derogatory and derisive reporting".

"Polemic seems to know no boundaries anymore, " he added. Today we will protect our players, our coaches and also the club.

Moenchengladbach's Christoph Kramer, left, and Bayern's Renato Sanches.

Rummenigge, citing the first article of the German Constitution, said: "The dignity of humans is inviolable".

The Bayern officials complained against "outrageous" criticism of club stalwarts Manuel Neuer, Jerome Boateng and Mats Hummels following Germany's 3-0 loss to the Netherlands last week. Thon, a skillful midfielder who played for Bayern from 1988-94 stood by his criticism.

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But having taken last season's title by 21 points, Bayern are now on a four-match winless streak, including a 3-0 home defeat by Borussia Monchengladbach just before the global break.

Bayern return to action at Wolfsburg tomorrow afternoon.

Hoeness also slammed the media for its coverage.

As he laughed off talk of a crisis and re-iterated his faith in his players, Niko Kovac was asked what the assembled journalists could expect from the press conference that followed his: "I would suggest we let them surprise us", the Bayern coach said.

Hoeness himself previously accused former Germany global Mesut Ozil of "playing like dirt for years" and Bayer Leverkusen's Karim Bellarabi of being "insane" for a challenge he made on Bayern defender Rafinha.

Kovac went into the job possessing experience from his time in charge of Croatia and Eintracht Frankfurt, but the 47-year-old has certainly not made the desired impact so far.

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