Bayern punished Kahn to avoid "madhouse" situation
BERLIN (Reuters) - Bayern Munich had to punish captain Oliver Kahn to reimpose discipline after he left the Christmas party early and criticised team mates, coach Ottmar Hitzfeld said on Wednesday.
The former Germany goalkeeper criticised team mates Luca Toni and Franck Ribery this week, saying that while playing a few good games for their former clubs might have been enough, they would have to do more now they were Bayern players.
On Tuesday, Bayern announced Kahn had been fined 25,000 euros (17,938 pounds) and suspended for Saturday's game at Hertha Berlin, their final league fixture before the mid-season Bundesliga break.
"I had to set an example so everyone at Bayern knows how they're expected to behave," Hitzfeld told a news conference. "Players criticising their team mates must stop. Otherwise we become a madhouse.
"Kahn must know he has to set an example to the younger players and at the Christmas party he did not behave well. The captain can't leave early."
(Writing by Kevin Fylan, editing by Tony Jimenez)
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