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Jerome Boateng hits Leon Goretzka in the face after nasty challenge in training (updated!)

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Jerome Boateng and Leon Goretzka had an ugly confrontation that had to be broken up by Robert Lewandowski. “Always the same shit with you,” said Müller.

FC Bayern Muenchen - Training Session Photo by A. Hassenstein/Getty Images for FC Bayern

Call it a new experience for Hansi Flick at Bayern Munich: after hearing praise from all quarters for the way he has restored the players’ morale after Niko Kovac’s departure, Flick had to address a serious altercation in training between Leon Goretzka and Jerome Boateng.

Goretzka appears to have been the instigator. According to Bild’s account of the incident, the midfielder was angry after a contested penalty during a training game on a small pitch. When Thomas Müller tried to explain the situation to him, Goretzka dismissively gestured “blah, blah, blah” to the veteran. Müller was not amused, and Boateng vociferously defended his longtime teammate.

Ten minutes later, in the second training game, Goretzka went in studs-up on Boateng on their first one-on-one nowhere near the ball. The veteran defender replied in kind, hitting Goretzka full on the face with an open hand:

Goretzka almost fell over backwards. Robert Lewandowski ran into the fray to pull Boateng away, and Flick also immediately rushed over. Boateng exclaimed,

The ball was away and he goes in all out studs-up! What the fuck is that?

While Flick calmed Boateng down, Müller and Michael Cuisance gave Goretzka a piece of their mind. “Always the same shit with you!” Müller yelled. Goretzka and Boateng did not apologize after the game.


UPDATE: Stand down, I repeat, stand down!

Crisis averted! Goretzka and Boateng made nice after all. Leon just shared this snapshot on his Instagram page:

Thanks for letting us know it’s all good, guys.