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Leverkusen issue apology for banner

October 7, 2013
By Stephan Uersfeld, Germany Correspondent

Bayer Leverkusen have apologised for a banner hitting out at Bayern Munich officials Karl-Heinz Rummenigge and Uli Hoeness.

Uli Hoeness
GettyImagesUli Hoeness has come under fire for tax problems this year.

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During the 1-1 draw between the two clubs on Saturday, Leverkusen fans displayed a sign criticising the Bayern pair, saying: “Hey, Uli and Kalle! How does it feel to get done by the law?”

The supporters were hinting at recent tax troubles that the Bayern CEO and president have both found themselves in.

However, Leverkusen officials were quick to apologise for the banner after the game, with the club’s media department telling tz: “We did not know about this. We are very surprised and upset.”

The club also explained that Leverkusen supporters had smuggled the banner into the BayArena.

The banner proved to be the only thing to infuriate Rummenigge, who was full of praise for Bayern’s dominant performance.

“We top the table and have delivered a super game,” he said. “We continued where we stopped in Manchester [against Manchester City] -- a world-class performance.

“Sadly, the Leverkusen goal was boarded up and a good ‘keeper was in goal as well. Otherwise we would have won.

“It is important to play good football and this we do on an absolute top level.”

With Pep Guardiola having been in charge of Bayern for just over 100 days now, Rummenigge believes that the Spaniard’s impact can now be seen on the pitch.

“We are on unbelievably high level. We play wonderful football,” Rummenigge said.

Meanwhile, Bayern winger Franck Ribery enjoyed another impressive performance on Saturday, setting up Toni Kroos’ opening goal.

Ribery has gone 38 consecutive league games -- since April 10, 2012 against Borussia Dortmund -- without having been on the losing side.

He has equalled the 30-year-old record of Holger Hieronymus, who had been unbeaten in 38 straight games from September 1981 through to January 1983.

Bayern have currently not been beaten in 33 league games and look on course to break Hamburg’s record of 36 consecutive league games without a loss. 

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