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Bayern Munich escalate complaint from Real Madrid match to the German government

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Dozens of Bayern fans were beaten bloody by police during allegedly unprovoked attack.

MADRID, SPAIN - APRIL 18: Bayern Muenchen fans are controlled by the police inside the stadium during the UEFA Champions League Quarter Final second leg match between Real Madrid CF and FC Bayern Muenchen at Estadio Santiago Bernabeu on April 18, 2017 in Madrid, Spain. (Photo by Matthias Hangst/Bongarts/Getty Images)
MADRID, SPAIN - APRIL 18: Bayern Muenchen fans are controlled by the police inside the stadium during the UEFA Champions League Quarter Final second leg match between Real Madrid CF and FC Bayern Muenchen at Estadio Santiago Bernabeu on April 18, 2017 in Madrid, Spain. (Photo by Matthias Hangst/Bongarts/Getty Images)
(Photo by Matthias Hangst/Bongarts/Getty Images)

Immediately following last week’s loss in the Champions League Quarterfinal to Real Madrid, Bayern Munich filed a former complain with UEFA over the actions of Madrid’s police force in the stadium. During halftime, Madrid police stormed the away stand and beat Bayern supporters bloody with batons. This was done over an alleged displayed banner that wasn’t allowed.

On Saturday, Bayern released a statement that they were asking Germany’s government to get involved in the matter. Bayern wrote the Federal Chancellery to “lodge a protest with the Spanish government on behalf of FC Bayern against the disproportionate and violent police operation and demand an explanation.”

“We remain appalled by the utterly disproportionate and excessive action taken by Spanish police against a section of our fans at the Bernabéu Stadium,” Rummenigge said. “FC Bayern has a duty and responsibility to its supporters in this matter, and we have communicated this to the federal government.”

This is the second time in a year and a half that Bayern supporters have been violently attacked by police during a road game in the Champions League. In September 2015, Greek police stormed the stands, violently beating many Bayern supporters bloody.