Mourinho Commets Don't Sit Well with Rummenigge, Hoeneß
With any red card, there are always two sides to the decision. But when Ramires's tackle on Mario Götze in the UEFA Super Cup took the 21-year-old German out of action for two to three weeks, that put a microphone to the debate.
"The referee must have passion for the game and the game 11 v 11 was much better.
"It was not a situation where Ramires hurt the opponent, was not a situation where the opponent was in a dangerous counter-attack, was not a situation where you needed to show that second yellow card."
Jose Mourinho, ESPN FC
General manager Karl-Heinz Rummenigge scoffed at the remarks, especially since it led to his €37 million transfer's second injury absence.
"I find Mourinho's statement brazen."
"Mario, one must say, is from such a hard foul basically one lucky fellow."
Karl-Heinz Rummenigge, Sport Bild
Bayern President Uli Hoeneß was a little more vehement in his response to Mourinho's words.
"When Mario's leg is sitting on the ground, it is probably broken. That was the clearest red card ever. If, then, an exposed coach like Mourinho situates himself and talks about a wrong decision, I ask myself if he was at the wrong game."
Uli Hoeneß, Sport Bild
As one could guess, Mario Götze portrayed his frustration with his capsule injury in his ankle.
"Of course it's annoying to be out for a few weeks. If someone looked at the pictures of the foul, they can be happy that something worse did not happen."
Mario Götze, Sport Bild
There you go, two sides. The reckless challenge from Ramires was an unfortunate result for both sides, and given the circumstance, Jonas Eriksson did not have much choice but pull the yellow card out of his pocket.
People can criticize Mourinho all they want, but at this point in his managerial career, have come to expect anything else?
Bayern Win Benefit Match in Passau
As part of the last action before the international break, FC Bayern won 6-1 against a regional team in Passau Germany. The match was in support of the devastating flood back in June, called the worst flood in Passau in 500 years.
Before the game, Rummenigge and Hoeneß presented a check for €250,000 to support the flood victims.
The team that FC Bayern fielded for the match was a mixture of first team and reserve players. Thomas Starke, Rafinha, Jan Kirchhoff, Diego Contento and Xherdan Shaqiri were the only senior players on the team sheet.
Mitchell Weiser, Christian Derflinger, and Xherdan Shaqiri all scored in the first half, with Tobias Schweinsteiger capping the scoring off with an 84 minute penalty.
Pal Csernai Dies at 80
Former FC Bayern manager Pal Csernai (80†) passed away on Sunday after having a long illness.
After starting as an assistant under Gyula Lorant, he managed FC Bayern from 1978-1983. After a trophy-less first two years in charge, Csernai coached the reds to consecutive Bundesliga championships in 1979/80 and 1980/81, the fifth and sixth "Meisterschaften" in Bayern's history.
Csernai was in charge for most of Karl-Heinz Rummenigge's career, and the current Bayern CEO won his Ballon d'Or under Csernai's tutelage.
FC Bayern released this statement in response to their manager's death:
"FC Bayern expresses deepest sympathy and condolences to Csernai’s family and friends and will always honour his memory."
It is always hard to lose a family member, and Pal Csernai's legacy will be engrained in the annals of FC Bayern history.
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