Bayern could report Real
Uli Hoeness has threatened to report Real Madrid to Fifa for their ongoing pursuit of Franck Ribery.
By Thomas Zocher
Last Updated: 17/07/09 11:02am
Bayern Munich general manager Uli Hoeness has threatened to report Real Madrid to Fifa for their ongoing pursuit of Franck Ribery.
The 26-year-old has been chased by Real all summer but Bayern have managed to fend off the Spaniards' attempts to land the winger.
New Bayern boss Louis van Gaal has now deemed the matter closed insisting that the deadline to sign the Frenchman passed on Thursday.
It is not the first time Real have upset a rival club. Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson insisted that he would 'not sell Madrid a virus' in December after their persistent chasing of Cristiano Ronaldo and Hoeness is equally as disappointed with the way the Spaniards have gone about their business this summer.
"Real Madrid is acting without any respect these days," he told Spanish daily AS.
"If they continue to lack respect, we will go to Fifa in this matter. For us it is very annoying to see people like Emilio Butragueno (Real director of football) or even Zinedine Zidane (Real advisor) telling a whole lot of things everyday.
"They should not be doing this. They are referring to a player that is contracted to us."
Hoeness agreed with Van Gaal that the time to sign Ribery had passed and added that he wanted an end to the constant speculation.
"The final deadline is up," he stated. "Everyone involved knows that we will not be doing anything now.
"The matter is closed for us now. I am hoping that his agents and all the people around him are giving credit to the facts and not going on to gabble about a possible move."