Bayern Munich Bans 'The Sun' And The 'Daily Mirror' For Disrespectful Headlines
The German team didn't see the funny side of headlines about their star player Bastian Schweinsteiger.
An Anglo-German diplomatic football row has emerged in the last 24 hours because of this headline on the back page of the Daily Mirror...
And this headline on the The Sun's website.
After the UEFA Champions League quarter-final match between Manchester United and Bayern Munich (1-1) last Tuesday, 01.04.2014, reports in two English-language media, Daily Mirror and The Sun, were disrespectful, discriminatory and personally insulting about our player Bastian Schweinsteiger.FC Bayern Munich does not accept this form of reporting and condemns this in the strongest terms. Especially in the Champions League, UEFA calls for a major campaign for Europe to "RESPECT". All players wear this logo at the games on the shirts, all participants in the contest will be required to comply with "RESPECT".
Clearly very pissed off, Bayern then points out that it was fined and rebuked by UEFA, European football's governing body, for breaking the same rules.
Some of the Allianz Arena will be shut for the return leg, after some Bayern fans turned up with a banner displaying the legend "Gay Gunners" in their second round match against Arsenal.
Bayern was fined 10,000 Euros and 700 seats will be empty. The club's argument seems to be: if we're going to get punished for that, British newspapers should get punished for this.