Uli Hoeness backtracks after Bayern Munich threaten to boycott German national team
‘He held talks about the position of the No 1 spot that, with hindsight, he would not hold today’: Uli Hoeness backtracks after Bayern Munich threaten to boycott German national team if Manuel Neuer is dropped for Marc-Andre ter Stegen
- Manuel Neuer and Marc-Andre ter Stegen have exchanged a petty war of words
- Barcelona’s Ter Stegen has become angry at his lack of game time for Germany
- Bayern had threatened a boycott of the national team if Neuer is dropped
- However, Bayern president Uli Hoeness has now made a U-turn over his threat
Uli Hoeness has made a U-turn after making a threat to deprive the German national team of Bayern Munich players if Manuel Neuer is dropped for Marc-Andre ter Stegen.
Neuer and German goalkeeping rival Marc-Andre ter Stegen have been involved in a petty war of words recently over the No 1 spot, with the latter becoming frustrated with a lack of game time.
And Bayern president Hoeness had initially got involved in the debate, threatening to stop players from Germany’s biggest club joining up with the national team if Joachim Low decides to replace Neuer with Ter Stegen between the sticks.
Manuel Neuer has been involved in a petty war of words with Marc-Andre ter Stegen
Ter Stegen has become frustrated at his lack of game time for the German national team
But the Bayern president has now backtracked on his threat towards the 2014 World Cup winners.
‘Mr. Hoeness held discussions about the position of the number one in the national team that, with hindsight, he would not hold today,’ a spokesperson told German weekly Der Spiegel.
‘The subject has long been closed for him, and he will not comment on it anymore.’
Under FIFA rules, Bayern could have faced sanctions running from fines to exclusion from competitions for depriving the national team of players.
This will come as a relief to Low, who is trying to rebuild his Germany squad with young and exciting players ahead of the 2020 Euros, after Hoeness originally claimed Bayern wouldn’t ‘accept’ Neuer being replaced.
‘Before that takes place, we won’t be sending any more national players,’ the Bayern president initially told Sport Bild after the Champions League match against Red Star Belgrade.
Uli Hoeness (right) had initially threatened a boycott of the national team if Neuer is dropped
A boycott would have led to a potential headache for Germany head coach Joachim Low
BAYERN PLAYERS IN MOST RECENT GERMANY SQUAD
Manuel Neuer (gk)
Niklas Sule (df)
Joshua Kimmich (mf)
Leon Goretzka (mf)
Serge Gnabry (mf)
‘We will never accept that there will be a change here,’ he added.
The Bavarian president had rejected the chance to hold a conversation with Low in the future if the opportunity arises: ‘He’ll already hear what we’ve said, his ears will ring.’
Bild recently confronted German national team manager Oliver Bierhoff with Hoeness’ controversial statements, which left the former less than impressed.
When asked if he was afraid of a potential Bayern boycott, Bierhoff replied: ‘No, because a club is obligated to release its players for international duty as per FIFA regulations.’
Barcelona goalkeeper Ter Stegen believes he should be starting for Germany and claims people can’t expect him to be ‘happy about it’.
Hoeness recently shared his thoughts on the situation, backing Bayern’s goalkeeper by claiming Ter Stegen ‘doesn’t have a right to play there’.
Bayern duo Jerome Boateng and Thomas Muller have been dropped by Low recently
And Hoeness expects the German national team to put the Barcelona shot-stopper in his place: ‘You put Mr Ter Stegen in the corner and tell him clearly that it doesn’t work like that’.
A potential Bayern boycott would have led to a real selection headache for Low, who has heavily relied on the likes of Serge Gnabry, Niklas Sule and Joshua Kimmich recently in his young squad.
Low has previously dropped some of Bayern’s biggest stars from the national team, discarding Jerome Boateng, Thomas Muller and Mats Hummels, who now plays for rivals Borussia Dortmund.
Low has recently been planning for the future following a dismal defence at the 2018 World Cup, as well as struggling in the Nations League.