Bayern chief apologises after Hoffenheim game stopped due to offensive banner

Bayern Munich's chairman and CEO Karl-Heinz Rummenigge slammed a section of his club's fans after they held up a banner with an offensive remark about Hoffenheim owner Dietmar Hopp.

The Bundesliga clash between Hoffenheim and Bayern was temporarily halted after fans unfurled a banner calling Hopp the son of a prostitute – and Rummenige has vowed that those responsbile will be punished.

Both teams left the pitch after the banner was displayed, and the game was delayed as Bayern staff and players pleaded with supporters to put the banner away.

When the action was restarted with 77 minutes on the clock, there was a bizarre end to the game as Bayern stars did keepie-ups and players from both sides passed the ball among each other.

Hoffenheim and Bayern players then stood together at full-time.

Visitors Bayern had been leading 6-0 when the game was halted, and that was how the score stayed, keeping the reigning champions four points clear at the top of the Bundesliga.

Rummenigge afterwards said the banner was "inexcusable".

“I am deeply embarrassed about these idiots,” he said. “The moment has come when the whole Bundesliga, the DFB and the DFL has to join together and act against idiots like these.

“Football's ugly side reared its head here today. I am also deeply embarrassed on behalf of Dietmar Hopp, who is a man of honour and has ensured that not just football but sport across the board in this region has been seen in a positive light.

“I have also apologised to him. However, what happened in the away end is really inexcusable."

Rummenigge said he had apologised personally to Hopp, who has bankrolled Hoffenheim's rise to the Bundesliga from the fifth tier of German football.

He said: "This is an ugly side of Bayern at a game that was in fact a great day for our team.

“There is no excuse for these actions. Everything was caught on camera and we will take the firmest of action against those responsible who tarnished the name of FC Bayern today.

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