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Bayern ban The Sun and The Mirror over ‘Schwein’ headlines

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Bayern Munich have banned The Sun and The Daily Mirror from the second leg of their Champions League quarter final with Manchester United for 'disrespectful' coverage directed at Bastian Schweinsteiger.

The German giants were unhappy with two pun-based headlines (see bottom of article) used by the tabloids which referred to the club's vice-captain as 'Schwein.'

Schwein is the German word for pig.

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Schweinsteiger was involved in a controversial incident during the match when he was sent-off for a second bookable offence after a tackle on Wayne Rooney.

The Bayern midfielder, who will now be suspended for the second leg in Munich, appeared to make a diving gesture after the incident, as did his manager Pep Guardiola.

Bayern will have to shut Sector 124 of the Allianz Arena for the match after fans showed "an illicit banner" during the last-16 tie at home to Arsenal earlier this month and the club said the fact some their supporters were missing out on the match because of the banner means The Sun and The Mirror should face a similar sanction for their headlines.

Bayern said the headlines were: "disrespectful , discriminatory and personally insulting" towards Schweinsteiger, in a statement posted on the club's official website.

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"Especially in the Champions League where UEFA has organised a big campaign called 'RESPECT' where all players are required to wear that logo on their shirts," the statement read.

"Due to breaching this agreement when four attendees at our game with Arsenal showed a disrespectful banner in the Allianz Arena, 700 fans will now be locked out (for the United game) and we were fined €10,000. We have accepted this.

"(Therefore) representatives of 'The Daily Mirror' and 'The Sun' will not be granted media accreditation at the Allianz Arena for the Manchester United match."

Manager Pep Guardiola also had an uneasy relationship with the British press after the match, telling reporter Jamie Jackson to "look at me when I talk to you" after the Guardian man had asked him for his opinion on David Moyes' tactics.

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