Bayern Munich president Uli Hoeness hit back at Eintracht Frankfurt on Saturday, calling criticism over the hiring of Niko Kovac “rather outrageous.”
Hoeness reacted angrily to Bobic’s comments in speaking to Sky Deutschland following Bayern’s 5-1 win over Borussia Monchengladbach.
“We view Fredi Bobic’s statement as rather outrageous,” Hoeness said. “We acted very professionally because we took advantage of a loophole in Niko Kovac’s contract — which he had inserted himself. That’s very professional.
“We thought long and hard about when to tell Frankfurt. In the end, we told them as soon as possible so that they have an extra month to hire an alternative.
“We didn’t leak the story to the press. It’s rude to suggest this when you don’t know exactly what went on. We had no interest in leaking — we wanted to protect Eintracht.”
However, Hoeness offered: “We met Niko Kovac by chance at my Croatian chauffeur’s 60th birthday party.
Karl-Heinz Rummenigge was also invited with his wife and Robert and Niko Kovac also attended at a restaurant on the outskirts of Munich. It’s stupid to suggest that we hold contract talks in front of 60 invited guests.”
A peeved Hoeness then accused Sky reporter Patrick Wasserziehr of “public prosecution office” tactics and the interview ended abruptly.