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Bayern Munich in denial over Hodgson slur

Bayern Munich have rejected disparaging claims made in The Sun towards new England boss Roy Hodgson. At a press conference Bayern boss Jupp Heynckes was surprised Hodgson was handed the role ahead of overwhelming favourite Harry Redknapp, while influential midfielder Bastian Schweinsteiger claimed not to know the West Bromwich Albion manager.

And Bayern have been in touch with the Football Association on Friday to assure them they do not have the attitude towards Hodgson they have been accused of.

"We are surprised by the reports relating to Roy Hodgson in the English media and would like to clarify the situation," said a Bayern statement.

"We have a high regard for Mr Hodgson and, like our sporting federation the DFB, would like to congratulate him on his appointment as England manager.

"As a coach and manager Mr Hodgson is of course very well known in Germany and it should be made clear they have nothing but respect for Mr Hodgson and his record.

"In no way did they or anyone at Bayern Munich question, or criticise his appointment."

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