Bayern Munich manager Niko Kovac confirmed reports are true of a fight between Robert Lewandowski and Kingsley Coman during a training session on Thursday.
German newspaper Bild broke the news that Lewandowski and Coman were involved in a heated dispute at Bayern’s Sabener Strasse training ground, which saw the duo exchange punches and verbal insults.
Defenders Niklas Sule and Jerome Boateng were among the several players to step in and separate the pair, with Kovac later inviting them back to training once they had calmed down.
Now the Croatian coach has confirmed the rumours and insists the issue between Lewandowski and Coman is now behind them. Furthermore, neither player will be sanctioned as a result of their actions.
“There was a fight between two players who were named in the media,” said Kovac, according to OneFootball.
“The three of us discussed it after training, and both apologised for their behaviour and were sorry for what happened.
“No one is being fined because both players were understanding, and being understanding is very important now. The matter is done and dusted.
“No further questions will be answered. Now it’s all about the upcoming game.”
Bayern were, of course, preparing for Sunday’s trip to Fortuna Dusseldorf at the time of the incident.
The Bavarians are currently top of the Bundesliga by a single point from Borussia Dortmund, who they thrashed 5-0 last weekend, and will be looking to avoid slipping up heading into the final six games.
Therefore, Kovac now has the unenviable task of ensuring the squad move on quickly from Thursday’s drama before it hampers hopes of a record seventh consecutive Bundesliga title.
On the bright side, though, Corentin Tolisso may make a very welcome short cameo on Sunday. The French midfielder has been sidelined since September due to a cruciate knee ligament injury.
But Tolisso reported back to training in January and recently opened up on the hellish experience he’s had to endure this season.