Tuchel opens up on Mane suspension

Bayern Munich manager, Thomas Tuchel, has opened about the incident which led to the suspension of Sadio Mane.

The Senegalese international was suspended by the German Bundesliga club after he had a fight with his teammate, Leroy Sane, after the UEFA Champions League match against Manchester City.

“I’m the first to defend him,” said Tuchel about Mane. “I’ve known him for so long, I know his environment, I know him exclusively as a top professional. He has never, never, never been guilty of anything.

“Everybody has the right to make a mistake. This was too much and against the code of conduct of the team and FC Bayern.

“He has clearly admitted it, the apology has taken place. It is absolutely credible. It was important to me that he remained in training.

“I didn’t hear or overhear anything. I immediately spoke to everyone involved. Because it was a very blatant incident, it was necessary for us to clarify the matter before the next training session and to be clear in our communication with everyone who works here.

“We have cleared the air so that we can train well together again. We’re not the first team to have an incident like this and we won’t be the last. The way the two people involved handled it had a cleansing effect. We had a positive, energetic atmosphere in training.”

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