MUNICH PLAY DOWN CLASH

Bayern Munich have played down the clash between the coach and Philipp Lahm recently. The Dutch winger Robben is said to have grabbed World Cup top scorer Mueller by the throat after the final whistle, allegedly disgusted that Mueller made a disparaging gesture after he executed a late free-kick poorly which he did not want Mueller to take.

'I really hate it when the players throw up their arms in such a way on the pitch. That is not respectful and we shouldn't be doing that,' said Robben.

Anatoly Tymoshchuk separated the two players. Mueller did not comment while Lahm said the issue would only be discussed internally.

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