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Bayern Munich ban players from Oktoberfest

“We have to work hard, not go partying” says Karl-Heinz Rumenigge.

Miroslav Klose, Luca Toni and Franck Ribery at Oktoberfest last year
Miroslav Klose, Luca Toni and Franck Ribery at Oktoberfest last year
Image: AP Photo, Pool

THE BAYERN MUNICH management have taken a drastic step in an effort to reverse the club’s ailing fortunes and cancelled a planned trip to Oktoberfest.

Manager Louis Van Gaal has cancelled the trip after Bayern lost 2-0 at Borussia Dortmund on Saturday- their third defeat in seven marches. Van Gaal has instead called an extra training session.

A press release from the club reads:

“The board of FC Bayern Munich has called off the planned visit of the team, the trainers and management to the Munich Oktoberfest,” read a club statement. Given the sporting situation, coach Louis van Gaal has instead scheduled a training session for 1130.”

Club Chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge spoke of the current crisis at the club.

“Despite the seriousness of the situation, we mustn’t lose our nerve. We all need to work towards turning the corner to more positive times in our next match.” Nor would the club “correct our targets” after only seven matches. “FC Bayern must demonstrate the ability to straighten out extraordinary problems and make corrections.”

“After a defeat, it’s not necessarily appropriate to raise a glass at the Wiesn. Visiting the Oktoberfest wouldn’t have sent out the right signal,” said Rummenigge, “we have to work hard, not go partying.”

Bayern currently lie twelfth in the Bundesliga table with eight points.

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