Uli Hoeness has reportedly threatened that Bayern Munich will boycott the German national team should Manuel Neuer lose his starting pot.
The Bayern president has been quoted by Sport Bild as making the threats against the German FA when speaking about the possibility of Barcelona goalkeeper Marc-Andre Ter Stegen replacing Neuer as the national side’s number one.
“If that happens, we will no longer release players for the national team,” Hoeness threatened.
However, regulations from football’s world governing body stipulate that clubs are obliged to release players for national duty should they be selected.
The issue has grown into a problem for Germany with both goalkeepers widely regarded as being world class but Neuer being the long-term first choice at national level.
Both goalkeepers are said to believe they are entitled to be the first choice selection for Die Mannschaft although boss Joachim Low is said to have ruled out any outside influences on his selection process.