Bayern Munich win court battle over 'false' Arturo Vidal magazine stories
Bayern Munich have announced that German football magazines kicker and Sport Bild have both signed cease-and-desist letters and will no longer claim that Arturo Vidal earns about "€8 million net per annum" or that the Bayern midfielder returned to the club's training camp in Qatar appearing to be "under the influence of alcohol."
Earlier this month Bayern announced they were to take legal action over a report in Sport Bild which claimed Arturo Vidal left the club's training camp in Qatar on several occasions and returned appearing to be "under the influence of alcohol." Just like kicker in January, the paper also said that a Vidal salary slip showed the former Juventus star earned "€8m net per annum."
Speaking to reporters, the club's sporting executive Matthias Sammer said the report was "untrue and a falsehood" and Bayern, amid further reports of unrest in the dressing room, announced they would take legal action. On Thursday the club confirmed that the legal case had been successful.
"FC Bayern München has demanded that Sport Bild and Kicker cease making false allegations concerning Arturo Vidal. Both magazines had claimed that Vidal's remuneration comprises about '€8m net per annum'. Both Sport Bild and Kicker have delivered a cease-and-desist letter, conceding that this allegation is false," the club wrote.
Bayern added that they also received a cease-and-desist letter from Sport Bild, in which they conceded that the alcohol allegations against Vidal are "equally false."
"The media are currently spreading many rumours and much speculation about FC Bayern. In the future FC Bayern will vigorously pursue legal action against false and malicious allegations to protect the club, its players and the coaching staff," FC Bayern Munich CEO Karl-Heinz Rummenigge said.
A cease-and-desist letter does not necessarily mean that the reports are "false" under German law, but establishes an obligation of the recipient in the future.