Bayern Munich file UEFA complaint over Madrid police ‘attack’
Eye-witnesses said that riot police stormed Bayern Munich’s section of the ground to remove a banner, which led to the fans attacking officers, who replied in kind. Bayern Munich lost the UEFA Champions League quarter-final to Real Madrid.football Updated: Apr 20, 2017 01:28 IST
Bayern Munich accused Spanish police of “violent attacks” on their supporters during the Champions League defeat at Real Madrid and filed a complaint with UEFA on Wednesday.
The German club said police action on Tuesday during half time at the Santiago Bernabeu was “completely misplaced and excessive” and have requested an explanation from Spanish authorities.
Eye-witnesses said that riot police stormed the visitors’ section of the ground to remove a banner, which led to Bayern fans attacking officers, who replied in kind.
About 4,500 Bayern fans travelled to watch the Germans bow out 6-3 on aggregate, after going down on the night 4-2 in extra time in the quarter-final second leg.
Neuer out for season
Germany’s goalkeeper Manuel Neuer is out for the rest of the season after fracturing his left foot in Bayern Munich’s Champions League defeat at Real Madrid, his club announced on Wednesday.
The Bayern shot-stopper and Germany captain suffered the injury while trying unsuccessfully to stop Cristiano Ronaldo netting his third goal in the 109th minute at the Bernabeu as defending holders Real won 4-2 after extra-time on Tuesday.
“He’s broken his foot,” confirmed Bayern chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge.
The 31-year-old faces eight weeks on the sidelines and is likely to sit out Germany’s Confederations Cup campaign in Russia, which starts on June 17
Neuer played on despite the problem with Bayern down to ten men after Arturo Vidal was sent off and all three substitutes deployed.
Real won the quarter-final tie 6-3 on aggregate as Bayern failed to reach the semi-finals for the first time in six years.
First Published: Apr 20, 2017 01:01 IST