Bayern Munich fume over Bastian Schweinsteiger red card with allegations that Wayne Rooney dived
Schweinsteiger scored Bayern's equaliser but was shown a second yellow card when he lunged in on Rooney late on
Wednesday 02 April 2014
Bayern Munich were left infuriated by the red card shown to central midfielder Bastian Schweinsteiger in the 1-1 Champions League draw with Manchester United, with both the Germany international and manager Pep Guardiola accusing Wayne Rooney of purposely getting Schweinsteiger a second booking.
Schweinsteiger will miss the quarter-final second leg along with defensive midfielder-turned centre-back Javi Martinez after he picked up a yellow card to earn himself a one-match suspension, and while the dismissal came late enough that it did not cost the Bundesliga champions, Schweinsteiger was visibly fuming as he berated the England striker.
Rooney shrugged off his counterpart’s accusations, but Guardiola was seen on the sideline making a diving gesture towards Spanish referee Carlos Velasco Carballo. The official came over to the dugout to discuss the incident with the Bayern manager in the immediate aftermath, although Guardiola kept his composure and accepted the decision rather than bursting into a full-on rant.
However, after the match, he told reporters that he completely disagreed with the decision that will rob him of the services of the influential midfielder for the second leg at the Allianz Areana next week.
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Asked if he did not agree with the second booking, Guardiola said: “Absolutely not.
“I just spoke with the referee and he knows my opinion. He gave me his opinion and I have to respect that. To win the Champions League you have to overcome everything, so at times during the competition that happens.
“It's a pity. They are very important players for us. We will try to reach the semi-finals so they can play then.”
United were also lucky to not have Antonio Valencia sent off for a second booking when he dived in on Jerome Boateng, but Carballo deemed the tackle unworthy of a yellow card – much to the annoyance of Bayern’s players.
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On the Schweinsteiger incident, United manager David Moyes said: “I think Schweinsteiger trips Wayne up. It's a booking - or at least a foul.”
It came after the Scot warned the referee to keep an eye out for Bayern’s tendency to go to ground easily, with Arjen Robben coming in for criticism from Arsenal fans in the last-16 tie who believed he had dived on more than one occasion.
Moyes defender Valencia for his challenge on Boateng, and claimed it was a fiar tackle between two players going for the ball.
“The boy [Boateng] tackles the ball into Antonio Valencia,” said Moyes.
“They both make a tackle and they get up. I think if anything it's just Antonio's follow through. It wasn't given.”
Both United’s players and fans were delighted with the performance at Old Trafford, with many fearing before the match that the reigning Champions League winners would run riot over a side languishing down in seventh in the Premier League.
While Schweinsteiger’s second-half equaliser gave Bayern a precious away goal, Moyes sees no reason why United can’t challenge a side that has not one in their previous four matches against English opposition at the Allianz Arena.
“I always felt we could score a goal against them and I'll go to Munich believing we can score a goal,” claimed Moyes.
“Coming into the tie, most people had Bayern as favourites and rightly so, they're European champions. But tonight shows that we'll be there, we'll go toe to toe with them and try to come out on top.'
“We need to score. We need to go there and attempt to win the game. Other sides have gone there and done that and we'll need to do the same.”
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