Toni fined for outburst
Luca Toni has been fined 25,000 euros for publicly criticising Bayern Munich boss Louis van Gaal.
By Thomas Zocher
Last Updated: 26/11/09 3:26pm
Luca Toni has been fined 25,000 euros (£22,600) for publicly criticising Bayern Munich boss Louis van Gaal.
The Italian striker said on Monday that his relationship with his Dutch coach was 'as good as over' after experiencing 'problems' since Van Gaal's appointment in the summer.
The outburst has seen Toni sanctioned by the club, with Bayern's general manager Uli Hoeness warning the 32-year-old that his future at Allianz Arena rests on him issuing an apology.
"His comments are not acceptable," Hoeness told Sky Sports after his side's 1-0 win over Maccabi Haifa in the UEFA Champions League on Wednesday.
"He has been given a total fine of 25,000 euros, but we are still waiting for an apology.
"Should one arrive, then I think he still has a chance here."
Toni is understood to be hankering after a return to his homeland during the January transfer window, with Roma reported to be keen.
The experienced frontman knows he must find regular first-team football if he is to force his way into Marcello Lippi's World Cup squad.
Meanwhile, Alexander Baumjohann could also be on his way out of Bayern in the New Year after struggling to settle following his summer switch from Borussia Monchengladbach.
The 22-year-old midfielder has expressed his disappointment at a lack of opportunities afforded to him by Van Gaal and would be open to a move elsewhere.
Borussia Dortmund have emerged as favourites to land his signature, with the club's chief executive Hans-Joachim Watzke revealing that they could enter the market in January.
"If necessary we may look to make transfers during the winter," he told Westfalische Rundschau.