Why Bayern Refused To Allow Hernandez To Join Up With France Squad

Why Bayern Refused To Allow Hernandez To Join Up With France Squad

Austin Papi

German defending champions, Bayern Munich, through their chief executive, Karl-Heinz Rummenigge, has expressed great frustration with the French Football Federation (FFF) after their response to Lucas Hernandez's withdrawal from the upcoming Euro 2020 qualifiers.

Hernandez was said to have been included in France National team provision list made public by the coach of the Les Bleus squad, Didier Deschamps, ahead of fixtures against Iceland and Turkey during the international break.

The French international, Hernandez, has been given more time to nurse his wounds, sitting out Bayern's last two fixtures through injury. Bayern Munich has now shown their determination to keep their new signing at the Allianz Arena so he can continue his recovery gradually.

However, the FFF has contacted the Bundesliga giants, Bayern, to ensure the player reports to the national team camp on Tuesday, adding that the current FIFA rules dictate that clubs cannot withhold their players from international duties.

Bayern chief, Rummenigge, has dismissed any accusation thrown at Bayern Munich. He also insists that Hernandez is not fit enough to contribute to his country's cause this month, as he was unavailable too for his club side.

Rummenigge has issued an official statement on Bayern's website, which reads:

"I am irritated by the behaviour of the French federation.

"I would like to point out that Lucas Hernandez was not able to play in the Champions League match against Tottenham Hotspur last Tuesday in London, nor in our Bundesliga match against TSG 1899 Hoffenheim on Saturday.

"The statement quoted by France coach, Didier Deschamps, was for Lucas Hernandez to be ready to 'play with one leg', which was very surprising to us.

"Of the four requested French national players, of course, we will send the three healthy players - Kingsley Coman, Corentin Tolisso and Benjamin Pavard."

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