Hoeness blasts Bayern Munich's players at title celebrations

Haven’t you just won the title?! It’s civil war at Bayern Munich as honorary president Uli Hoeness blasts players and threatens to BAN over-critical journalists from the training ground in stunning rant at the club’s Bundesliga party

  • Bayern Munich celebrated their 10th straight Bundesliga title at the weekend
  • But the club’s honorary president Uli Hoeness was on the warpath 
  • He criticised the performances of certain players during second-half of season
  • Bayern were dumped out of the Champions League by Villarreal in the last eight
  • Hoeness defended the transfer policy of Hasan Salihamidzic amid criticism
  • And he suggested journalists critical of the sporting director should be banned

Bayern Munich’s honorary president Uli Hoeness took aim at the club’s players and the media during their Bundesliga title celebrations.

Despite wrapping up a 10th consecutive German league crown, Hoeness was far from satisfied at the performances of certain stars and the criticism levelled at sporting director Hasan Salihamidzic.

Though Bayern have again dominated the Bundesliga, they fell short in the Champions League with a surprise quarter-final exit to Villarreal and the finger of blame has been pointed at various people.

Bayern Munich celebrated their 10th consecutive Bundesliga title in the city on Sunday

But the club’s honorary president Uli Hoeness was far from happy with the players or media

Speaking at Bayern’s trophy parade in the city’s Marienplatz, Hoeness, 70, said: ‘The fact is that we have to hold the players more accountable.

‘With us, the coach or the sporting director is always held accountable.

‘The fact is that since Christmas we’ve had a few players who, by and large, haven’t played well. These players need to be put under more pressure.’

Bayern lost three times in the Bundesliga post-Christmas but they still managed to finish eight points clear of Borussia Dortmund in the final standings.

However, they exited the Champions League to Villarreal 2-1 on aggregate, having already crashed out of the German Cup in October with a 5-0 thrashing at Borussia Monchengladbach.

One player Hoeness singled out for opprobrium was Niklas Sule, who is set to join Dortmund on a free transfer.

The centre-back didn’t travel to Wolfsburg for Bayern’s 2-2 draw on Saturday and then wasn’t present at the public celebration of the title win.

Outgoing defender Niklas Sule was slammed by Hoeness after he missed the trip to Wolfsburg

Hoeness also defended sporting director Hasan Salihamidzic following criticism in the press

And Hoeness said: ‘I found his actions catastrophic. That doesn’t speak for the player.

‘We always talk about appreciation. Niklas Sule certainly didn’t show that to the club.

‘You can all forget the myth that he earns less in Dortmund than in Munich.’

There has been criticism of Salihamidzic, 45, for Bayern’s transfer policy after they fell short in Europe but Hoeness did his best to drag the sporting director out the firing line.

‘There’s always one picked out. When we won six titles [in 2020 and 2021], I didn’t hear anyone shouting, “Hasan, Hasan!”

‘Now that we don’t win the Champions League, it’s all his fault. That can not be.’

Thousands turned out at the Marienplatz in Munich to celebrate Bayern’s latest title success

But the players have come in for criticism after they fell short in the Champions League

Hoeness also blasted the press, especially the German tabloid Bild, for their criticism of Salihamidzic and threatened to bar certain reporters from the club’s training ground.

‘If you read the Bild newspaper and other newspapers every day, then it’s a hunt,’ he fumed.

‘He is not solely responsible for the transfer policy. The whole association is responsible for this, the entire board and the supervisory board.

‘[We should] tell the journalist: “If you write it again, you won’t see Sabener Strasse for a week.”

‘FC Bayern is currently the plaything of some media and that shouldn’t be the case. I blame the club for that.’

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