We keep saying it like it’s a cliché, but there truly is never a dull moment if you’re a Bayern Munich fan. According to a breaking news report by Bild, Leroy Sane and Sadio Mane had a physical altercation after full time during the Manchester City game last night which left marks on Sane’s face. The duo had to be separated by teammates.
Per the report, Mane and Sane had an argument on the pitch last night, which continued after the final whistle. Mane apparently took issue with the way Sane spoke to him on the pitch, then suddenly attacked the younger man and left a mark on his lip (per eyewitness accounts).
The trigger for the argument was apparently in the 83rd minute, where Mane apparently ran into space for a through ball rather than coming short to receive the ball. This led to a heated exchange between the two players on the pitch, which was captured by photographers at the stadium.
According to Bild, the fight only died down after the two players were separated by their teammates. Sane had to be sent out of the dressing room in order to calm down. Bayern Munich did not want to comment on the incident and possible consequences for the parties involved.
If this is true, then this is a very bad look for Sadio Mane, who is the club’s new signing and a senior player in the dressing room. This also echoes a reported incident between him and Julian Nagelsmann earlier in the season, where Mane allegedly confronted the former Bayern coach angrily in the dressing room after being left out of the starting lineup versus PSG. The Bayern bosses will need to deal with this swiftly, as a pattern of behavior like this cannot be tolerated.
As for dressing room harmony, well ... we can safely say that it’s been shattered.
If you thought this was just a random story spun by Bild, the rest of the German media is picking it up now. Sky Sports confirm that Leroy Sane suffered bleeding from the lip after being punched by Sadio Mane.
Sky (@Plettigoal & @Sky_Torben) confirm the dressing room incident. Sadio Mané punched Leroy Sané in the face after the game, which even caused bleeding on his lip. Bayern have yet to comment— Bayern & Germany (@iMiaSanMia) April 12, 2023
Here’s Kerry Hau of Sport1, also extremely reliable. He explicitly confirms Bild’s version of events.
Die Story der Bild-Kollegen stimmt, es kam nach #MCIFCB zu einem Kabinen-Eklat. Mané fühlte sich während des Spiels von Sané provoziert, soll ihn erst beschimpft und dann mitten ins Gesicht geschlagen haben. Sanés Lippe ist dick. Konsequenzen noch unklar. #FCBayern @SPORT1— Kerry Hau (@kerry_hau) April 12, 2023
The story of my Bild colleagues is correct, after #MCIFCB there was a dressing room scandal. Mané felt provoked by Sané during the game, is said to have first insulted him and then hit him in the face. Sané’s lip is swollen. Consequences still unclear.
Now, we await a response from Bayern Munich.
Oof. Looks like the incident is very much real.
Leroy Sané hid his lower lip from the cameras when arriving back in Munich today [ @SkySportDE] pic.twitter.com/ZO0Ffj6KfK— Bayern & Germany (@iMiaSanMia) April 12, 2023
According to Plettenberg, the players were shocked by the incident. Consequences will surely follow.
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