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Hasan Salihamidzic distressed by the hard fouling on Bayern Munich’s players

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Both Hoffenheim and VfB Stuttgart committed a handful of hard fouls on Bayern players, and Brazzo is NOT happy about it...

VfB Stuttgart v FC Bayern Muenchen - Bundesliga
STUTTGART, GERMANY - SEPTEMBER 01: Hasan Salihamidzic, Manager of FC Bayern Muenchen reacts during the Bundesliga match between VfB Stuttgart and FC Bayern Muenchen at Mercedes-Benz Arena on September 1, 2018 in Stuttgart, Germany.
VfB Stuttgart v FC Bayern Muenchen - Bundesliga STUTTGART, GERMANY - SEPTEMBER 01: Hasan Salihamidzic, Manager of FC Bayern Muenchen reacts during the Bundesliga match between VfB Stuttgart and FC Bayern Muenchen at Mercedes-Benz Arena on September 1, 2018 in Stuttgart, Germany.
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Given the number of hard fouls committed against Bayern Munich’s players in the first two matches of the season, it’s safe to say that it’s a part of the opposition’s game plan to throw Bayern off of their game. It has not gone unnoticed: after Bayern’s win in Stuttgart, sporting director Hasan Salihamidzic vented his frustration at the lack of protection the referees provided his players, adding his criticism to the complaints of Uli Hoeness and Karl-Heinz Rummenigge earlier this week (via Sport1):

You can see how hard people are playing against us. That’s not good. The referees have to crack down on it better. It’s important. Sometimes, there are things that are too hard and not ok, that happen without regard for the health of our players. That’s why we have to be careful this year. It’s not acceptable. It has to be cracked down on harder.

Bayern’s 3-0 win over the Swabians at the Mercedes-Benz Arena was as chippy as the Hoffenheim clash, as Stuttgart committed a number of aggressive fouls inside the first half. Most notably, a challenge on Franck Ribery by Stuttgart’s Pablo Maffeo forced the Frenchmen to be briefly treated on the sidelines.

Niko Kovac and Salihamidzic were visibly frustrated as the nasty fouls on Bayern piled up. Kovac, in particular, gave the fourth official an earful after Maffeo’s un-called challenge on Ribery. Salihamidzic considered Ribery lucky to have escaped significant injury:

He was lucky. If his foot was on the ground, then it’s a different story.

This is already the second time in four competitive matches that Salihamidzic has personally complained about dirty fouls against his side. He already voiced his concern after Bayern’s 5-0 Supercup win over Eintracht Frankfurt that left Robert Lewandowski with a swollen, cut chin. “Frankfurt’s playing style was not acceptable. You can’t do something like that,” he said at the time.

Ribery might have been lucky, but his compatriot Kingsley Coman was forced off last week against Hoffenheim with an ankle injury that required an operation after a nasty challenge from Nico Schulz. That particular challenge was just one of many during the match that very well could have resulted in more injuries than that suffered by Coman.