According to reports in the German media, Bayern Munich have settled the issue between Leroy Sane and Sadio Mane stemming from their altercation after Tuesday’s loss to Manchester City. Per Bild, a meeting took place between the club bosses and the players involved, as well as Mane’s management, and the Senegalese winger allegedly admitted his fault.
Sadio Mane will remain a Bayern Munich player, for now (via Kerry Hau). Whether that changes in the summer remains to be seen. A sanction for the player — at least a major fine — is still pending. Per Sky, both players apologized to the squad for their actions and have now rejoined full team training. Coach Thomas Tuchel should have both players available for the upcoming games.
Not a climactic resolution, but it’ll have to do. After yesterday’s furor over the incident coming to light, Bayern handled it in a quiet and dignified manner. Now the focus will shift to the game against Hoffenheim on Saturday, where all three points are needed. Given that Manchester City have virtually ended all hopes of progression in the Champions League, Bayern need three points to at least win one trophy this season.
Literally minutes after this story was posted, we got a new update. Looks like Mane has been suspended indefinitely by Bayern Munich, no word on when he will return to training or games.
Update #2: Official
Bayern Munich confirm that Sadio Mane will not be in the team to face Hoffenheim, and in addition, the Senegalese winger will have to pay a fine. No word on whether the suspension lifts after the Hoffenheim game.
Sadio Mané nicht im Kader gegen Hoffenheim.— FC Bayern München (@FCBayern) April 13, 2023
According to Bild, the details of Sadio Mane’s punishment are as follows:
- A fine of around half a million euros (Mane makes ~20m euros a year).
- Leroy Sane specifically asked the club to not sack Sadio Mane and spoke in favor of a more lenient punishment.
- Mane could still leave in the summer, the door is not closed to an exit.
- For now, the bosses consider the topic closed and expect the team to focus on the games vs Hoffenheim and Man City.
- Mane could return to the squad as early as the City game as long as he shows remorse for his behavior.
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