Bayern Munich accuse media of ‘derogatory and derisive reporting’

Babbel fears for Kovac's Bayern future

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.

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

Some Bayern players were criticised for their performances during the worldwide break, with pundits suggesting that older stars such as Manuel Neuer, Jerome Boateng and Mats Hummels had become part of Germany's current problems. "I would like to remind you that Manuel was world goalkeeper of the year four times", Rummenigge said. "Same goes for Jérôme Boateng and Mats Hummels".

"We will no longer accept this recent kind of media coverage", Rummenigge explained in the press conference. "Today is an important day as we inform you that we will no longer tolerate this derogatory and derisive reporting". Today we will protect our players, our coaches and also the club. "It is outrageous, disrespectful and polemical".

The former West Germany global, who spent 18 months in jail on tax evasion charges, said the Spanish player nearly "singlehandedly cost Bayern their shot at the Champions League" last term in their knockout tie against Sevilla, a match he said convinced the club that Bernat wasn't good enough.

Rummenigge has also been annoyed in recent weeks by the criticism of wingers Franck Ribery and Arjen Robben, who have also been called "too old".

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What was even more freakish 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.

But Bernat's representative, Vicente Fores, says the Bayern chief is not telling the whole story, claiming he wanted the 25-year-old to stay in Bavaria.

Lastly it was Salihamidzic's turn.

As a result, much of the early speculation suggested that this press conference would confirm the departure of coach, Niko Kovac, with Arsene Wenger even lined up to replace him on an interim basis. "I should not have said mentally ill, for instance". "How so? Everyone knows that I stand by him".

"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.

Bayern plays at Wolfsburg on Saturday (Sunday NZT). Where and how that spotlight is focused next may prove to be as interesting as anything that happens on the pitch.

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