Monday 23 October 2017

Irked Robben says sorry

ARJEN ROBBEN may have been Bayern Munich's Champions League star once again but he was still forced to issue an apology following the 1-0 win in the first leg of their semi-final with Lyon.

Robben scored the only goal but then reacted petulantly towards his manager Louis van Gaal when he was taken off with just minutes remaining.

The two Dutchmen had a confrontation on the touchline as Robben ignored Van Gaal's outstretched hand. The former Netherlands manager then blocked his countryman and held him while explaining his reasons for bringing him off.

"I had a really good feeling and felt I was really in the game and I could have scored another goal," he said. "I could not understand why I was being removed. But I have got to apologise to all of the fans because I shouldn't do that. I should be more professional."

Uefa will decide on Wednesday whether Franck Ribery will face any more than the automatic one-game ban for his 37th-minute red card in the first leg. The France winger will definitely miss the return encounter, but UEFA's disciplinary committee will discuss the matter the day after the second leg next Tuesday.

Irish Independent

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