PPresident Uli Hoeneß of the German football champions FC Bayern Munich has defended the outgoing Bayern player Franck Ribery with some delay in the gold steak affair. "The only mistake he made was that he did not hit the steak on the wall," Hoeness said at a panel discussion in Bonn: "He was not at all clear that he was being abused."
Ribéry did not eat the steak back then, Hoeness said. "He was invited, and the clever innkeeper just gave him the steak he did not want," pointing out that the Frenchman was watching the video on which he stole gold sprinkled with salt, even shared on social media, Hoeness replied: "I do not know if they know everything that is dangled in their silly social media channels."
"Every fart is registered"
In the beginning of January, obscene insults were spread across Ribéry's official social media channels. This was in response to criticism of a gilded steak that had been served to the gambler a few days earlier in a posh restaurant in Dubai. For this, Ribéry had received a heavy fine from the German record champions.
The players of today would be sorry for him, said Hoeneß: "The young people are completely overwhelmed with how it is judged by them. Every fart is registered. Our time of carefreeness was nice. "In his playing time in Munich, the team went with coach Udo Lattek to the Oktoberfest," there we were twelve hours. Half was drunk. It went on, until sometime a backrut puked. What do you mean, what's going on today? "
In view of the ongoing discussion about the reform of the Champions League, Hoeneß also spoke out in favor of maintaining the Bundesliga in the current form. "The Bundesliga must remain as it is," said Hoeneß at a panel discussion in Bonn. Hoeness categorically rejects European Cup games on the weekend. "I can not imagine that there will be no Bundesliga anymore because of international matches on Saturday," he said.
Currently, there is a power struggle between the European Club Association (ECA) as a representative of many top clubs and the Association of European Football Leagues, which also includes the German Football League. The ECA wants to enforce a reform of the royal class together with the Uefa. Thus, the main competition from 2024 would be aligned in a three-tier league system. Qualifying via national leagues would be considerably more difficult. On Friday, representatives of all 55 Uefa member associations will meet with President Aleksander Ceferin for discussions on this topic in Budapest.
Hoeneß dismissed reports that Bayern had thought in the past with other top clubs even to a split from the national leagues. "The rumors that Bayern and Borussia Dortmund were anxious to go into this Super League, I can totally exclude for Bayern Munich. We are well aware that the Bundesliga is the most important thing, "he said.
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