Bayern Munich president slams VAR call as ‘joke of the year’

President Uli Hoeness slammed the VAR decision that halted Bayern Munich’s title celebrations as the “joke of the year”.

Bayern were held to a 0-0 draw at RB Leipzig on Saturday, with rivals Borussia Dortmund beating Fortuna Dusseldorf 3-2 to take the Bundesliga title battle into the final day of the season.

While Niko Kovac’s side dominated ball possession, their only clear chance in the first-half came through Serge Gnabry. But the former Arsenal winger could only shot the ball straight into Leipzig keeper Peter Gulacsi.

After the break, though, Leon Goretzka volleyed in a goal for Bayern before VAR ruled it out due to Robert Lewandowski being marginally offside.

And Hoeness wasn’t the least bit impressed by the system come the final whistle.

“I saw a great performance from our team,” said the Bayern chief, according to Yahoo.

“We were clearly the better team with many, many chances to score.

“The so-called offside is the joke of the year, because that was not a clear mistake. The video evidence is there to correct clear mistakes.

“It was the same height, millimetres are no advantage. But you’re always negative anyway, we’re not used to it any other way.”

Another talking point of the match was Leipzig’s Timo Werner, who has been constantly linked with a summer move to Bayern.

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Leipzig chief executive Oliver Mintzlaff had announced in January he would sell Werner if he refuses to sign a contract extension. His current deal will expire in June 2020.

GELSENKIRCHEN, GERMANY – MARCH 16: Timo Werner of RB Leipzig celebrates after scoring his team’s first goal during the Bundesliga match between FC Schalke 04 and RB Leipzig at Veltins-Arena on March 16, 2019 in Gelsenkirchen, Germany. (Photo by Christof Koepsel/Bongarts/Getty Images)

Latest reports in Germany have suggested a deal for Werner to join Bayern could be concluded after the DFB Pokal final between the Bavarians and Leipzig on May 25.

“Today I’ve looked at the Bayern players and not the whites [Leipzig players],” said Hoeness on Werner.

“We’re playing for the championship and you [the media] are always looking for other avenues.

“If a dog bites a steward soon, that’s more important to you than the football game. We have to get used to that.

“We are in the decisive phase of the championship. It’s all about the championship, and everything else we think about afterwards.”

Bayern will play Eintracht Frankfurt next Saturday at the Allianz Arena for their Bundesliga finale.

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