Rummenigge denies Bayern involvement in EU investigation

The Bavarians’ president has rejected claims his team were behind an inquiry that has seen Spanish clubs come under the microscope

Bayern Munich president Karl-Heinz Rummenigge has denied claims the club were behind an inquiry into the financial dealings of seven Spanish clubs, including Barcelona and Real Madrid.

At least seven teams within Spain’s top two leagues are being investigated over alleged irregular public funding, but Rummenigge has insisted that the Bavarians have nothing to do with the allegations.

“I was horrified when I heard the allegations and I can only deny the accusations in the strongest terms,” the 58-year-old told tz. “It’s a complete lie.

“I have heard only through the media that the EU are investigating Spanish clubs, but I don’t know any details.

“Therefore, I would like to stress that Bayern played no role in this, and we have not blackened the name of any Spanish clubs.”

Rummenigge added that his relationship with Madrid president Florentino Perez and Barca chief Sandro Rosell was further proof that the rumours were nothing more than pure fiction.

“I’m friends with Florentino Perez and Sandro Rosell. I was with one of them at the Player of the Year awards and we did not address the matter.

“This shows that they know that these allegations are not true. Otherwise, I would have responded to both of them. There is trust in our relationship.

“If there is any problem, we pick up the phone and call each other, and then we solve the issue the easy way. Once again: all completely invented.”

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