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Bayern defend Gotze celebrations

June 6, 2013
By Stephan Uersfeld, Germany Correspondent

Bayern Munich have defended Mario Gotze celebrating his 21st birthday in Ibiza despite the playmaker recovering from an injury which will curtail his first pre-season with the Bundesliga champions.

Mario Gotze has appeared 22 times for Germany and scored five goals
PA PhotosMario Gotze has appeared 22 times for Germany and scored five goals

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Gotze's €37 million switch was confirmed shortly before Dortmund's Champions League semi-final first leg against Real Madrid, which they won 4-1, but he was singled out for abuse by the same supporters that had previously idolised him.

In the opening minutes of the second-leg defeat against Real, Gotze suffered a muscular injury which ruled him out of the Champions League final and he is also unlikely to return in time for the start of the 2013-14 Bundesliga campaign with Bayern on August 9.

Earlier this week, it was made public that Gotze had filed a declaration to cease and desist against a Dortmund rap formation, who released an anti-Gotze song.

Pictures on his Facebook account showed him in good spirits in Ibiza, with a bottle of Moet, claiming he was "tired of all the hatin'".

However, Bayern chief executive Karl-Heinz Rummenigge has defended Gotze's time away, telling kicker: "He had a very stressful season, just like our players."

Rummenigge also explained that Gotze was treated for his injury during his stay on Ibiza, adding: "It has all been arranged and co-ordinated."