Bayern Munich president Uli Hoeness on Tuesday laughed off the ‘mole’ in the European champions’ camp, but stars Philipp Lahm and Arjen Robben are not so easily amused.
Bayern coach Pep Guardiola has threatened to throw out any player -- or players -- found to be leaking information to the press.
The Spaniard was left fuming after details of tactics for the Bundesliga leader’s 3-0 win at rivals Borussia Dortmund appeared hours before kick-off in Saturday’s edition of German daily Bild.
In contrast to Guardiola, Hoeness, who faces a high-profile court case in March for tax evasion, laughed off any questions about the mole.
No laughing matter
“The players are laughing themselves half to death over the headlines,” said Hoeness before Bayern’s flight to Russia to play CSKA Moscow in the Champions League on Wednesday.
“I’m laughing about it myself and if that is our only problem, then we can live with that.”
Bayern chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge also tackled the issue with humour. “I have the faint hope that the mole will adapt to the snow we have in Bavaria, go into hibernation and that the issue is done,” he said.
But he added on a more serious note: “It’s an unappealing topic: it’s ethically and morally not okay that players spread information to the outside world”.
The players themselves were far from amused.
“No, I’m not smirking about this. There are rules in the team and when someone breaks them, it’s not pleasant for the whole squad,” said captain Philipp Lahm.
Dutch winger Arjen Robben said he was “sad” about the latest divulgence of secrets, but it was “nothing new”. “I have been at Bayern for five years and it’ has always been like that,” he said.