Bayern Munich’s Serge Gnabry has been labeled “amateurish” by the club’s Sporting director Hasan Salihamidzic for attending the Paris Fashion Week.
- Bayern started 2023 with two draws
- Gnabry attended Paris between matches
- Criticized by Sporting director Salihamidzic
WHAT HAPPENED? The Winger was spotted at the showcase event between Bayern’s Bundesliga matches against RB Leipzig and Cologne, where his side could only muster a 1-1 draw on both occasions. Gnabry was hauled off at half-time in the second match when his team needed a goal, but it is his actions off the pitch for which he has come under fire.
WHAT THEY SAID: “That is amateurish,” Salihamidzic told the German news agency dp. “It’s exactly what I don’t like. It’s not Bayern Munich to go Messing around when you have a day off. A day off is meant to be for resting yourself so that you can push on in the next game.”
THE BIGGER PICTURE: However, head Coach Julian Nagelsmann – who lost first-team goalkeeper and club captain Manuel Neuer to a broken leg while skiing during his time off after the World Cup – appeared more relaxed on Gnabry’s appearance in the French capital.
“I think a player can do whatever he wants in his free time,” Nagelsmann said in a press conference. “In general, as a normal employer, you can’t tell your employees they should go to church on Sundays at 10, have lunch at 12 and sleep at 2 in the afternoon. It is important that everyone can organize their free time in such a way that they are happy. But it must always be beneficial for his job.”
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WHAT NEXT FOR GNABRY? While the 27-year-old was taken off early against Cologne, he did register an assist against Leipzig to take his tally to 21 goal contributions in 2022-23. This means Gnabry should be in line for a starting berth against Eintracht Frankfurt in the league on Saturday, with Bayern now only three points clear of Union Berlin at the top of the table.