A huge incident took place after Bayern Munich lost the biggest derby of the German soccer championship in Dortmund. Franck Ribery slapped one of the reports, unhappy with his remarks.
After a long time, Bayern Munich is experiencing difficulties, both on and off the court. The German powerhouse didn’t start this season as they planned, and on top of all that, management of the Bavarians now has one more thing to worry about.
Franck Ribery, one of the legends and veterans of this club, physically confronted Patrick Guillou, a TV reporter of Beinsport.
This was officially confirmed by the club itself last night, in a written statement.
“Franck Ribery has informed us that he had an altercation with his compatriot Patrick Guillou, whom he has known well for many years.”
“We agreed with Patrick Guillou that we would speak at a meeting about how to get this matter out of the way.”
The German newspapers, Bild, reported that the French international slapped the reporter three times and that he also verbally attacked the victim.
The reason for all this was Guillou’s remarks on Ribery’s performance. The TV reporter, claimed that the player was directly responsible for the painful defeat. Ribery often lost the ball, thus creating very dangerous counter-attacks for pacey Dortmund. For example, the decisive goal came after Jadon Sancho took the ball from the Frenchman.
Guillou reportedly had a few positive comments on Ribery’s play, but that didn’t help him.
Eyewitnesses who saw the attack, described it like this. The player was leaving the stadium and heading toward Bayern’s bus, when the journalist approached asking him for a quick interview. Ribery started to insult his countryman, after which he slapped him three times, pushing him away.
If it weren’t for Jean-Pierre Papin and Rafinha, the incident could have been much worse, but these two quickly separated both sides, forcing Ribery to enter the bus.
The latest rumors are saying that there will be an off-court settlement, between the club and the player on one side and the TV reporter on the other.
This is not the first time for the French international to make some incidents. Ribery verbally insulted the fans who wanted his autograph, and when it comes to slapping someone, you all remember his altercation Dani Carvajal.
It is possible that the player’s reaction and frustration is just a consequence of a bad atmosphere in the club. Since the season started, Bayern had many setbacks, and according to the players, the sole responsible was Niko Kovac, the newly appointed manager who came from Eintracht Frankfurt.
His tactics and strategy are far away from the ones preferred by Jupp Heynckes or Pep Guardiola, and Bayern plays more conservative football now. Also, Kovac’s changes in the lineup had made several veterans very unhappy, and the morale of the team significantly dropped. Thomas Muller and David Alaba, two of the key players in the six-year Bundesliga reign are often left on the bench, while on the other hand, players with a much lower quality play regularly. James Rodriguez publicly questioned the authority of the new coach, giving the ultimatum to the board to chose between them two.
At the moment, the Bavarians are fifth in the German Bundesliga, with seven points fewer than Borussia Dortmund who holds the top spot. They had a chance to decrease that lead last Saturday, but Borussia managed to come back from behind and win with 3:2.
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