Bayern Munich call media briefing amid Niko Kovac pressure

Robert Lewandowski Bayern Munich

Bayern Munich's chief executive, president and sporting director launched a stinging attack on the media in a heated and remarkable press conference on Friday.

"In general, there is a difference between a statement I make right after a match and those you write a day or two after the match", he told the news conference.

"Polemic seems to know no boundaries anymore, " he added.

It was a quiet summer transfer window for Bayern, with Leon Goretzka, who joined from Schalke on a free transfer, the only major arrival.

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.

Bayern eventually won the game 2-1 and went on to reach the semi-finals, but Bernat's first-half display saw him substituted at the interval.

Bayern started the season well under new coach Niko Kovac, with seven straight wins in all competitions, have been the subject of critical coverage for its lacklustre play in recent games.


Bayern Munich have been stuck in a poor run of form recently and results have slid, with their most recent defeat coming in a 3-0 humbling at home to Borussia Monchengladbach.

"We will no longer accept this recent kind of media coverage", Rummenigge explained in the press conference.

"It's about time the biggest club in Germany take a clear stance on this issue", he declared.

"We met on Monday after Germany's global match against the Netherlands and have decided we'll no longer accept this style of journalism".

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.

"If I have to read "old boys football" about our centre-backs Hummels and Boateng, then I can only say one thing - are you serious?"

Bayern plays at Wolfsburg on Saturday (Sunday NZT).

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