Bayern Munich has left forward Sadio Mane out of their squad for their upcoming league match against Hoffenheim following reports of an altercation with team-mate Leroy Sane. According to sources in Germany, Mane allegedly punched Sane in the face after Tuesday’s 3-0 Champions League defeat by Manchester City at the Etihad Stadium. The two players reportedly had to be separated by their teammates.
Bayern confirmed that Mane has been dropped from the squad for Saturday’s game due to “misconduct” and will also be fined. The club did not provide further details regarding the incident. However, the German newspaper Bild reported that Mane complained about the way Sane spoke to him after the defeat.
Mane, a two-time African footballer of the year and former Liverpool player, was picked up privately at the airport upon flying back to Germany, while Sane took the team bus. Neither player has commented on the incident yet.
Bayern is set to face Manchester City in the second leg of the quarter-finals of the Champions League next Wednesday. The absence of Mane will undoubtedly be a significant blow to the team.
It remains to be seen what consequences Mane’s actions will have on his future at Bayern Munich. The incident has raised questions about the player’s attitude and discipline, and the club may decide to take further action depending on the severity of the situation. For now, Bayern will have to focus on their upcoming league match against Hoffenheim and the crucial Champions League quarter-final clash against Manchester City.