Karl-Heinz Rummenigge has claimed that Bayern Munich were “a bit cheated” in Tuesday’s Champions League semi-final elimination by Atletico Madrid.
Much of the build-up to the tie centred on Rummenigge’s assertion that Atleti did not deserve to progress beyond Juventus, who were knocked out by Bayern at the last-16 stage, and the CEO chose to hold referee Cuneyt Cakir accountable for his club exiting the competition as opposed to Los Colchoneros being the better team.
“We feel a bit cheated. The referee didn’t give a good account of himself,” he said after the second leg, which the Bavarians won 2-1, although Antoine Griezmann’s away goal rendered the result obsolete.
The former Germany striker’s remarks came in stark contrast to those of his Coach Pep Guardiola, who countered: “I don’t think the main reason [for Bayerns elimination] was the referee.”