Bayern Munich suspend Sadio Mane ‘until further notice’ for punching team-mate Leroy Sane
Munich – Bayern Munich have decided to suspend Sadio Mane after his dressing room bust-up with Leroy Sane on Tuesday, according to reports in Germany.
The winger punched his team-mate in the face after his side’s bitter 3-0 defeat by Manchester City in the first leg of their Champions League quarter-final at the Etihad.
Even though the Senegalese star was pictured back in Bayern training this morning alongside Sane, his contract at the Allianz Arena could still be terminated by the Bundesliga giants, who are in the process of discussing an appropriate sanction.
As they wait to come to a final decision, German outlet BILD report that Bayern have suspended the Senegalese forward until further notice.
The news comes shortly after Sky Sports in Germany suggested that Bayern’s verdict was likely to go ‘beyond a fine’, meaning the former Liverpool star was at risk of a temporary suspension or permanent sacking.
Sane and Mane were seen confronting each other as they trudged off the pitch at the Etihad Stadium and the row boiled over when they went down the tunnel.
As the clash continued into the dressing room, Mane punched the German and left him with a bloodied lip, before the pair were dragged away from each other.
Sane obscured his bloodied lip when he touched down in Munich on Thursday morning, keen to hide any evidence of the altercation to the cameras.
Bayern’s stars are reportedly shocked by the incident and critical of the Senegalese international for punching Sane, who was one of Munich’s better players on the night.
It is understood the German champions are keen to make an example out of Mane in what has been a turbulent season within the Bayern camp.
As a result, the players do not expect Mane to stay at the club for long.
According to Bild, both Sane and Mane were present for a meeting held between the club’s bosses on Thursday morning.
The outlet has also previously valued the forward’s annual salary in the region of £17million per year, which could prove a costly decision should Bayern choose terminate his contract.
The fractured dressing room was divided ahead of Julian Nagelsmann’s sudden sacking last month and has continued early into Thomas Tuchel’s reign.
Nagelsmann’s departure could end up costing Bayern £62m in total, as they must continue to pay his salary until he lands a new job. It also includes the compensation they paid RB Leipzig to get him and the costs to bin off his coaching staff.
With another potential sacking on the horizon, it could prove a costly few months in Bavaria for Bayern’s chiefs.
It seemed the German boss had quelled the internal conflict during his debut 4-2 triumph over title rivals Borussia Dortmund, but a DFB-Pokal exit to Freiburg and a 3-0 hammering at the hands of City has since fanned the flames.
Bayern fell behind to Rodri’s stunning first-half opener, before a mistake from Dayot Upamecano allowed Bernardo Silva to double City’s lead.
Haaland added a third for the hosts to give Bayern a mountain to climb in the second leg at the Allianz Arena on April 19.
Mane had been brought on in the 69th minute of the defeat, with the forward having had a mixed first season since joining from Liverpool for £35million last summer.
The 31-year-old has scored 11 goals in his 32 appearances for the German giants.