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Bayern Munich fume at ‘gossip journalism’

Bayern Munich said they could consider taking legal action over media reports suggesting their coach Jupp Heynckes will leave the club at the end of the season.

Bayern Munich fume at 'gossip journalism'
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The team has won just four of their last nine games, allowing defending champions Borussia Dortmund to open up a seven-point gap over second placed Bayern at the top of the Bundesliga.

As speculation mounts, German daily Bild claimed Wednesday that Heynckes, whose contract expires in June 2013, could be replaced by Borussia Mönchengladbach coach Lucien Favre or Hanover 96 boss Mirko Slomka.

But club bosses have moved to dispel the reports. “Bayern Munich have full confidence in Jupp Heynckes and his work,” they said in a statement.

There has already been some media speculation about the early resignation of Jupp Heynckes, and rumours are circulating that the club has held discussions about the coaching position – which has been filled by six different people in the past five years.

Bayern have fought against this speculation, saying that, “those in charge of Bayern Munich condemn this outrageous media speculation, which is based on no facts, in the strongest terms.”

“We protest against this type of ‘gossip journalism’ and will be investigating our legal options in the future.”

Bayern, who suffered a two-nil defeat at Bayer Leverkusen on Saturday, face a make-or-break fortnight as they need to overturn a one-nil defeat from the first leg of their Champions League Round of 16 clash when they host FC Basel on Tuesday.

They then have a German Cup semi-final at Mönchengladbach, who have beaten them home and away, on March 21 and need to close the gap behind Dortmund in the league.

AFP/jcw

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Four injured as WWII bomb explodes near Munich train station

Four people were injured, one of them seriously, when a World War II bomb exploded at a building site near Munich's main train station on Wednesday, emergency services said.

Smoke rises after the WWII bomb exploded on a building site in Munich.
Smoke rises after the WWII bomb exploded on a building site in Munich. Photo: picture alliance/dpa | Privat

Construction workers had been drilling into the ground when the bomb exploded, a spokesman for the fire department said in a statement.

The blast was heard several kilometres away and scattered debris hundreds of metres, according to local media reports.

Images showed a plume of smoke rising directly next to the train tracks.

Bavaria interior minister Joachim Herrmann told Bild that the whole area was being searched.

Deutsche Bahn suspended its services on the affected lines in the afternoon.

Although trains started up again from 3pm, the rail operator said there would still be delays and cancellations to long-distance and local travel in the Munich area until evening. 

According to the fire service, the explosion happened near a bridge that must be passed by all trains travelling to or from the station.

The exact cause of the explosion is unclear, police said. So far, there are no indications of a criminal act.

WWII bombs are common in Germany

Some 75 years after the war, Germany remains littered with unexploded ordnance, often uncovered during construction work.

READ ALSO: What you need to know about WWII bomb disposals in Germany

However, most bombs are defused by experts before they explode.

Last year, seven World War II bombs were found on the future location of Tesla’s first European factory, just outside Berlin.

Sizeable bombs were also defused in Cologne and Dortmund last year.

In 2017, the discovery of a 1.4-tonne bomb in Frankfurt prompted the evacuation of 65,000 people — the largest such operation since the end of the war in Europe in 1945.

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