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Bayern face UEFA fine and investigation for pitch invaders, offensive banner

As if losing the game was not bad enough, Bayern stand to be punished for somehow allowing half a dozen people to storm the field.

A pitch invader adopts the tactics Real Madrid used against Robert Lewandowski in an attempt to make off with Franck Ribéry's jersey.
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The wild conclusion to the disappointing Champions League semifinal between Bayern Munich and Real Madrid has brought the home team under UEFA scrutiny (Abendzeitung). After the final whistle, at least half a dozen pitch invaders stormed the field. Two of them reached Franck Ribery and Toni Kroos, while others ran to pose with Ronaldo for selfies.

MUNICH, GERMANY - APRIL 25: Cristiano Ronaldo of Real Madrid watches a fan who wanted a selfie with him being tackled following the UEFA Champions League Semi Final first leg match between Bayern Muenchen (Bayern Munich) and Real Madrid at the Allianz Arena on April 25, 2018 in Munich, Germany. Photo by Jean Catuffe/Getty Images

The Portuguese superstar, who frequently has dealt with pitch invaders in the past, remained calm and collected, as security forces caught up to his fans and dragged them away. Ribery was less fortunate: he was nearly toppled by an invader who seemed intend on tearing his jersey off his back (as shown above).

Kroos remarked, “Something like that shouldn’t happen.” AZ has a gallery of images from the crazy scene.

UEFA has duly charged Bayern of violating article 16 (2) of UEFA’s disciplinary regulations for the security breach. That is not all: UEFA is also investigating Bayern for the display of an offensive banner, although it remains unclear what the offensive banner in question displayed. The charges will be heard by UEFA’s entirely non-ironic Control, Ethics and Disciplinary Body on May 31.

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