Two English media outlets banned by Bayern for “personally insulting” headlines
The English media has angered Bayern Munich after two newspapers insulted the German club and its player Bastian Schweinsteiger following a 1-1 draw with Manchester United. The Champions League winning club has announced that journalists responsible for the reports in the two newspapers won’t receive accreditation for next week’s game against Manchester United due to “personally insulting” headlines concerning Schweinsteiger.
Schweinsteiger, who scored the equalizer at Old Trafford this week, was shown a second yellow for a red card in the first-leg of the Champions League quarterfinal against Bayern Munich. The Germany international’s challenge on Manchester United and England star Wayne Rooney was controversial in the game, but it proved to be more so afterwards as The Sun covered the incident under the headline “You Schwein” and the Daily Mirror decided to unveil the story with the headline “You Dirty Schwein”.
As a result of being disrespectful and using rude puns for Bayern Munich and the club’s vice-captain Schweinsteiger, it has been announced by the German football giants that journalists from the two media outlets will not be allowed to attend the second-leg of the match at Allianz Arena next Wednesday.
The German club released a statement on its official website which read: “The ‘coverage’ about our player Bastian Schweinsteiger in the English media outlets ‘Daily Mirror’ and ‘The Sun’ was without respect, discriminatory and personally insulting. FC Bayern do not accept this kind of coverage and condemn it utterly.
“Particularly in the Champions League, UEFA -- with a huge campaign -- appeals to the European audience to show ‘Respect.’ All players wore this word on their shirts and all participants in the competition are obliged to maintain ‘Respect.’”
Bayern Munich reminded that they had been on the receiving end of such saga as well. The German club was fined and handed over a partial stadium ban after Bayern Munich’s supporters raised a homophobic banner against Mesut Ozil in the last-16 stage of the Champions League. The statement continued by suggesting that it accepted the punishment.
The statement continued: “FC Bayern Munich will not hand any accreditation to ‘Daily Mirror’ or ‘The Sun’ representatives for the Champions League return leg Bayern Munich versus Manchester United on April 9.”
Guardiola was visibly agitated by the English media in the post-match news conference at the Old Trafford. Upon being questioned about Schweinsteiger’s red card the Spaniard refused to go into detail, but when asked about whether his counterpart, the Manchester United boss David Moyes had adopted a negative strategy for the game, Guardiola pounced upon the uninterested journalist by asking him to keep his attention towards him.