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'I am deeply ashamed': Bayern Munich apologise after offensive banner causes bizarre end to Hoffenheim clash

In 79th minute, referee orders players off over the banner and when they return both teams run down clock without playing competitively

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Bayern players walk to the stands and urge their fans to take the banner down immediately
Bayern players walk to the stands and urge their fans to take the banner down immediately Credit: REX

Bundesliga leaders Bayern Munich handed out a 6-0 thrashing to hosts Hoffenheim on Saturday but the game was marred by an offensive banner unfurled by visiting fans.

Bayern moved four points clear at the top of the table but the match was at risk of being cut short when the Munich club's fans displayed the banner insulting Hoffenheim investor Dietmar Hopp in the 79th minute.

The referee ordered the teams into the tunnel and some Bayern players, as well as the entire club leadership, walked to the stands and urged fans to take it down immediately.

After a 20-minute interruption both teams came back onto the pitch and ran down the clock without playing competitively, ending the game with an ovation for Hopp and with Bayern CEO Karl-Heinz Rummenigge by the billionaire's side in a show of solidarity.

Hopp has been a lightning rod for some German fans, who oppose the way he used his wealth to help Hoffenheim climb through the lower leagues to the Bundesliga with consecutive promotions more than a decade ago.

Dietmar Hopp (left) and Bayern CEO Karl-Heinz Rummenigge (right) in a show of solidarity Credit: AFP

2020欧洲杯体育足彩外围appA similar insulting banner led to a Borussia Dortmund fans' ban in Hoffenheim for two seasons and a €50,000 fine earlier this month.

"I am deeply ashamed for the behaviour of these people. That is inexcusable. It is the ugly face of football," Rummenigge told reporters.

"I have apologised to Dietmar Hopp. We have filmed everything and these people will be held accountable. The way these people behaved today they have absolutely no place in a football stadium."

2020欧洲杯体育足彩外围app"It was a big sign the way the players did it in the end. They had discussed it with the referee. There is a process provided by the football association and I think it is good."

'I am deeply ashamed': Bayern Munich apologise after offensive banner causes bizarre end to Hoffenheim clash