Germany signed off the November international break with a whimper, losing both games against Turkey (2-3) and Austria (2-0). In the latter game, Bayern Munich winger Leroy Sané was given early marching orders after “slapping” Austrian player Philipp Mwene, who detailed the incident afterwards.
“He brought down players two or three times before. Then he ran into me too. I asked him what was wrong with him and he completely freaked out and slapped me”, Mwene said (SID Sportnews via @iMiaSanMia). “I didn’t expect him to react like that. I think they (the German players) were just frustrated because not much was really working for them.”
Granted, Germany fell short in their last match and were trailing 0-1 at that point (thanks to Borussia Dortmund and ex-Bayern boy Marcel Sabitzer) so it’s plausible that Sané would be upset with how things were going. The 27-year-old winger eventually apologized for the incident and shouldered the responsibility for the defeat.
The next international break takes place in March 2024.