Bayern Munich's all-conquering side was apparently thrown into turmoil at the weekend when Franck Ribery was doused in beer by team-mate Jerome Boateng.
Ribery was said to be apoplectic, and not just because it messed up his hair. He is a devout muslim, and therefore teetotal, and was said to be outraged by Boateng tipping two litres of booze all over him during the German champions' now traditional on-pitch beer fight to celebrate their Bundesliga title.
French international star Ribery was reported as saying, "I won't talk to Boateng again, he knows that I'm muslim," - though the fact that the source for that quote was the uber-sensationalist Daily Mail did throw a bit of doubt about its veracity.
Pundits were already beginning to speculate about how the rift in the dressing room could spell disaster for Bayern's hopes in the Champions League final against Borussia Dortmund next week.
But it turns out that, due to an unusual twist of fate, there is actually no problem between the two players: the providers of the booze, Munich-based brewery Paulaner, had actually provided their alcohol-free stuff for the celebrations. The players are best pals once more, and even Tweeted a picture of themselves hugging and smiling.
Now World of Sport generally disapproves of alcohol-free beer on principle, as do all right-thinking people.
But when it comes to stuff that's about to be poured away rather than poured down the throat, it seems a very good idea indeed. And that goes double if its use also ensures that the all-German Champions League final is the barnstorming, end-to-end classic that the whole of Europe is expecting.
Let's just hope nobody told Bastian Schweinsteiger what was in the glass. From the serious look of enjoyment on his face, he'd be pretty upset if he knew what he'd been drinking...
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