Coach Thomas Tuchel said on Friday April 14 that, Sadio Mane has fully accepted the consequences of his argument with teammate Leroy Sane that boiled over after Bayern Munich’s loss to Manchester City. The case is now closed.
Mane, a Senegalese player, was fined and will miss Saturday’s Bundesliga match against Hoffenheim as part of a one-game suspension for hitting Sane during Tuesday’s 3-0 defeat at City in the Champions League quarterfinal first leg.
The altercation left Sane with a cut on the lip, and teammates had to pull the two, who were also seen arguing on the field late in the game, apart.
“I am his first lawyer and his first defender. I’ve known him for so long, and I know his entourage,” Tuchel said of Mane during a news conference. “He has my full support. He had that before, and he still has it after this mistake that he has made. Everyone has the right to make a mistake.
“It went against the team’s code of conduct. That’s clear.”
After the defeat at the Etihad Stadium, Mane, a two-time African footballer of the year who signed for Bayern last year, had voiced his displeasure with the manner in which Germany winger Sane spoke to him.
After a turbulent few weeks that included the shocking German Cup defeat at home to Freiburg last week, they both participated in training together on Thursday.
With seven games remaining, the Bavarians lead the Bundesliga by two points.
“It was important that it was cleared quickly,” said Tuchel, who took over from sacked Julian Nagelsmann in late March.
“That had a cleansing effect. It was important that he remained in training even if he has this one-match ban. Because we had to deal with it and it was a blatant incident, we had to clear it before the next training,” he said.
“We did it yesterday. We cleared the air so we can train in a positive way. We are not the first and most likely not the last for it to happen to.”
Bayern face City in the return leg on Wednesday April 19.