Bayern Munich Were Incredibly Disrespectful After Losing DFB-Pokal Final To Frankfurt
Bayern Munich players did not show themselves in a positive light after losing the DFB-Pokal to Eintracht Frankfurt yesterday.
In a truly sensational sequence of events, Frankfurt boss Niko Kovac guided the club to their first trophy in 30 years by beating his next employers.
Ante Robic bagged a brace for Frankfurt, first notching the opener 11 minutes in before re-establishing his side's lead in the 82nd minute following Robert Lewandowski's equaliser early on in the second half.
Then, with Bayern throwing the kitchen sink at their opponents in an attempt to pull level for a second time, Frankfurt broke on the counter and Mijat Gacinovic sent one half of the Olympiastadion into pandemonium when he added a third in stoppage time.
Frankfurt players celebrated wildly in collecting the trophy they failed to win last season when they finished as as runners-up.
But rather unprofessionally, only two Bayern players (Manuel Neuer and Tom Starke) were on the pitch applauding when the winners went up to get their medals and lift the trophy.
Bayern didn't even form a guard of honor for Frankfurt. Don't think that has ever happened in DFB-Pokal history.
- Ꮇ.¹¹ (@ReusSZN) May 19, 2018
After their 3-1 defeat to Eintracht Frankfurt in the German Cup final yesterday, Bayern Munich players immediately left the field after collecting their losers medals, ignoring the German tradition of applauding your opponents as they lift the trophy. pic.twitter.com/KU3XmYpewb
- Team FA (@TeamFA) May 20, 2018
The rest of the Bavarians had darted back to the dressing room. They were understandably disappointed at failing to do the double but it's German tradition to show respect to your opponents as they lift the trophy and Bayern did not do that.
Departing manager Jupp Heynckes was asked about how he and his players failed to conduct themselves and had the following explanation to give, as per Kicker:
"Oh, well, I have to honestly admit that the players and I did not think about it at the moment. In retrospect, that's right, but I want to make up for it here and congratulate Eintracht Frankfurt for the Cup.
Jupp Heynckes on Bayern players not waiting until Frankfurt lift the trophy: "It wasn't on purpose. I have to tell you that in this moment I did not think about this at all, because otherwise I would have told my team to stay of course. But this was a misunderstanding." pic.twitter.com/6yN3bSFLpj
- Bayern & Germany (@iMiaSanMia) May 20, 2018
"I would have expected that a person in charge of FC Bayern or the DFB tells us to wait until the trophy is presented. I did not think about it at that moment, otherwise I would have asked my team to stay."
Kovac will soon take the reins at Bayern and his first competitive match will be against his former employers in the DFL Super Cup.