Bayern Munich are investigating claims from German public broadcaster ARD that a longstanding youth coach employed by the Bundesliga champions used racial slurs on numerous occasions in a WhatsApp group comprising various staff at the club’s youth campus.
The ‘Sport Inside’ program claims that the club only took any action on Monday, despite four anonymous letters being sent to Bayern from parents of children at the youth training facility.
In recent days, a series of messages have been published, including some on a Twitter account which the club has dismissed as “fake.” The account was suspended on Twitter on Tuesday afternoon.
In the chat, the unnamed coach posted a photo of a truck with the inscription “Bimbo” and wrote underneath: “Transport. This is where N****** are transported from A to B.” The post was commented on with smilies by other members of the group, obviously other coaches or scouts of the club,” according to the report.
It is also claimed that, in discussions about signing players, the employee would often employ racist language, including the phrase “camel jockey.” Several times, players are referred to as “Dirty Turk” or other derogatory terms. The coach also suggested that the “last name doesn’t appeal to me” when discussing potential signings.
The chats, one of which refers to the Tunisian national team ahead of their 2018 World Cup match against England in disparaging terms, appear to be two years old but have come to light after several coaches left the youth training center recently, though reportedly not of their own accord.
The anonymous letters sent to Bayern were addressed to campus director Jochen Sauer, CEO Karl-Heinz Rummenigge, then-president Uli Hoeness, sporting director Hasan Salihamidzic as well as the sporting director of the youth training center and assistant coach of the first team, Hermann Gerland.
In the letters, the youth coach is criticised not only for his sometimes homophobic and racist tone, but also for his training methods. There is talk of “sadistic” training which is unsuitable for the age of the players.
However, the club say they believe the letters to have come from a single source and see this as a “private feud.”