Bayern president Uli Hoeness threatened the German Football Federation over any changes to Germany’s goalkeeping position, occupied by the Bayern keeper.
The debate over who should be Germany’s outright goalkeeper intensified on Wednesday as Bayern Munich threatened to boycott selection for the national side if Ter Stegen called up to start instead ahead of Manuel Neuer.
Ter Stegen and Neuer
During the international break, Ter Stegen vented his frustration at not being able to dislodge Neuer from his customary – and undisputed – position as Germany’s number one.
According to a report in Sport Bild on Wednesday, Bayern Munich are threatening the DFB (German Football Federation) with stopping their players from representing the national side if Löw decides to remove Neuer from between the sticks and replace him with the Barcelona keeper.
“We will not send any players”
Bayern president Uli Hoeness, who refused to comment on whether the situation shared similarities with the Oliver Kahn and Jens Lehmann in 2006, said: “We will never accept a change in goal. Before that happens, we will not send any players to represent the national side”.
According to FIFA’s rules and regulations clubs are obliged to release players if called up by the national side and, although there are certain loopholes, none of them would allow Hoeness to carry out his threat.