Bayern Munich's Uli Hoeness threatens German national team with boycott if Manuel Neuer loses No 1 goalkeeper spot

  • Barcelona keeper Marc-Andre Ter Stegen has voiced frustration at being kept out of the Germany side by the Bayern Munich veteran Neuer.

  • The two players have traded barbed remarks with Ter Stegen last week accusing Neuer of making inappropriate comments.

  • Under FIFA rules, Bayern could face sanctions running from fines to exclusion from competitions for depriving the national team of players.

Munich: Bayern Munich president Uli Hoeness has threatened to deprive the German national side of Bayern players if Manuel Neuer loses the number one goalkeeper spot, Sport Bild said on Wednesday.

Barcelona 'keeper Marc-Andre Ter Stegen, 27, is currently Neuer's understudy and has voiced frustration at being kept out of the Germany side by the Bayern veteran.

 Bayern Munichs Uli Hoeness threatens German national team with boycott if Manuel Neuer loses No 1 goalkeeper spot

File image of Germany and Bayern Munich goalkeeper Manuel Neuer. AFP

The two players have traded barbed remarks with Ter Stegen last week accusing Neuer of making "inappropriate" comments.

Hoeness, however, has spoken up for Neuer and criticised German coach Joachim Low and the national federation for not backing the Bayern star more vocally.

"We will never accept that there will be a change," the sports daily quoted Hoeness as saying.

"Before that happens we would prevent any of our players turning out for the national side."

Along with Neuer, Bayern contributes several key players to the national squad with any boycott would deprive Low of defender Niklas Suele, midfielders Joshua Kimmich and Leon Goretzka as well as attacker Serge Gnabry.

Low had promised to give Ter Stegen more playing time in 2019 but so far he has made just one appearance for Germany, a 45-minute cameo in a friendly against Serbia last March.

Under FIFA rules, Bayern could face sanctions running from fines to exclusion from competitions for depriving the national team of players.

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Updated Date: Sep 25, 2019 16:56:40 IST