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Bayern Bulletin: Bayern Munich Accepts Sun Apology, Reissues Press Credentials

Sun apologizes while Daily Mirror does not, Boateng is confident Rooney plays, Götze is pulling for Dortmund, and Siefert is not concerned Bayern is hurting Bundesliga

Alexander Hassenstein
Bayern Accepts Sun Apology for Headline

The Sun issued an apology over the weekend, retracting the "You Schwein" headline that the news organization had on its website.

WE would like to apologise for any offence the online headline 'You Schwein' may have caused Bastian Schweinsteiger after the Manchester United-Bayern Munich match last Tuesday.

It was not our intention to embarrass Bastian or Bayern Munich.

It was removed after one hour and never appeared in any editions of The Sun.

Bayern Munich accepted the Sun's on Sunday, restoring its press credentials for the second leg of the UEFA Champions League quarterfinal, according to multiple German reports. The team revoked press credentials to both the Sun and the Daily Mirror after offensive headlines after the first leg in Manchester.

"The Sun has apologized in the appropriate amount. Thus, it is history for us," Bayern spokesman Markus Hörwick said in a statement.

The Daily Mirror has yet to issure an apology for its "You Dirty Schwein" headline.

Boateng: "I think Rooney Plays"

As part of his presser before the Champions League quarterfinal, Jerome Boateng expressed his belief that Wayne Rooney will be up for the second leg in Munich Wednesday.

"I think he will play. But I am not a ManU doctor," he said [Abendzeitung]. "He is a key player; always alludable, breaking the standards, a goal threat. He would be a big loss for this team."

Rooney missed Manchester United's match against Newcastle at the weekend with a bruised toe and is doubtful for Wednesday's Champions League match.

Götze Hopes for Dortmund Rally

His body may be in Munich, but part of his heart is still with Dortmund.

Mario Götze endorsed Borussia Dortmund's chances Monday, saying "anything is possible in Football." Dortmund is down 0-3 on aggregate to Real Madrid after the first leg in the Santiago Bernabéu.

"It would be naturally great if they achieved it," said Götze [tz-online]. "I will watch the game in any case."

The second Klassiker of the season between Bayern and Dortmund is this Saturday, the second time Götze will play the side that raised him in enemy colors.

Seifert: "Bayern dominance harms nothing"

DFL CEO Christian Seifert gave his two cents on the critics of the Bundesliga, addressing those who thing Bayern are making the German top-flight boring and unwatchable.

"[The Bayern championship celebration] came also for my taste too early. I would also like it on the last matchday, or the second to last. Those who state that the Bundesliga was boring should call Hamburger SV. Or in Nürnberg, in Stuttgart, in 'Gladbach or Mainz, if they feel bored.

"Between 1969 and 1977, 'Gladbach was five-time champions, Bayern four-time. Was it boring? No. There it was always called: it was the golden era, and everyone swarmed of it. Netzter, Müller. Beckenbauer. World class was never boring."

kicker via Merkur

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