Matthaeus slams Ribery tantrum

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Ger­many leg­end Lothar Matthaeus has crit­i­cised Franck Ribery for de­fi­antly throw­ing off his Bay­ern Mu­nich shirt af­ter be­ing sub­sti­tuted in Tues­day’s Cham­pi­ons League win over An­der­lecht, prompt­ing a pas­sion­ate re­sponse from the French­man.

Hav­ing picked up an early book­ing for ar­gu­ing with the ref­eree in the 3-0 home vic­tory, Ribery was taken off with 12 min­utes to go in Mu­nich and hurled his shirt at the Bay­ern bench. “Ribery has been here long enough now-he is emo­tional, but you can’t throw your shirt on the bench like that,” ex-Bay­ern mid­fielder and Ger­many cap­tain Matthaeus told Sky.

“That is a bad.” Bay­ern head coach Carlo Ancelotti was equally unim­pressed by the 34-yearold French­man’s be­hav­iour. “Of course, the player wants to play 90 min­utes, but I de­cided to take him off be­cause there were 10 min­utes left, we had the game un­der con­trol and he al­ready had a yel­low card,” said the Ital­ian. “He had had prob­lems (an in­jury knock) at the week­end, so I don’t un­der­stand his re­ac­tion and I will talk to him about it.”

Ribery’s rage could well have con­se­quences. “We are FC Bay­ern, that is not okay and we will talk about it,” added di­rec­tor of sport Hasan Sal­i­hamidzic. How­ever, Ribery later de­fended his ac­tions in an emo­tional state­ment. “I have al­ways been one of the hon­est and loyal play­ers in this busi­ness, I re­spect the fans and I re­spect the club I love,” he wrote on his Face­book page.

“Throw­ing my wet jersey last night has noth­ing to do with dis­re­spect, or any­thing else that I am ac­cused of by peo­ple who pre­tend to know me. “This wet jersey, in which I have given ev­ery­thing for more than ten years, with all my im­pulses, my will to win and in which I have achieved so much.

“Some will never un­der­stand what it means to give ev­ery­thing to their club and I’m sorry for them. “As long as I stand on the pitch, I, Franck Ribery, will de­fend our colours and be in­volved in ev­ery game with all my pas­sion.” Bay­ern played nearly 80 min­utes against 10 men af­ter An­der­lecht had de­fender Sven Kums sent off just be­fore Robert Le­wandowski con­verted a penalty.

Ribery’s is just the lat­est Bay­ern star to show un­rest. Last week, Le­wandowski crit­i­cised the club’s spend­ing pol­icy while Ger­many for­ward Thomas Mueller com­plained about start­ing on the bench in the 2-0 win at Werder Bre­men a fort­night ago.

De­fend­ing cham­pi­ons Bay­ern have made a poor start to the new Bun­desliga sea­son as Satur­day’s 2-0 de­feat at Hof­fen­heim left them sixth in the ta­ble, their worst po­si­tion af­ter three games since 2010/11. — AFP

MU­NICH: Franck Ribery at­tends a photo shoot­ing for a FC Bay­ern Mu­nich spon­sor in tra­di­tional Bavar­ian cloth­ing in Mu­nich, south­ern Ger­many, yes­ter­day. — AFP

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