Mario Goetze given sponsor warning
Bayern Munich CEO Karl-Heinz Rummenigge has warned midfielder Mario Goetze not to be manipulated by his sponsors.
Goetze, 21, has fallen foul of sponsors since his 37 million euro transfer from Borussia Dortmund to Bayern last summer.
During his first press conference for his new club, he sported a shirt with Nike’s swoosh logo despite Bayern being contracted to German sports company Adidas, who also hold a 10 percent stake in the club.
The incident, dubbed Nikegate in the German press, received a lot of attention and Goetze was fined 20,000 euros by Bayern for his mistake.
During the recent World Cup qualifiers, German papers ran pictures of Goetze sporting Nike instead of the national side’s official supplier Adidas, once again putting his private sponsor over the team sponsor.
Germany team manager Oliver Bierhoff was not too amused about the incident, saying: “This should not happen.”
Goetze admitted his error, saying that he needed to wear the compression socks because of a recent injury.
“I did not want to provoke or advertise,” he said. “I can promise one thing: This will not happen to me again.”
Speaking to Sky, Rummenigge has now voiced his concern that the youngster was tricked by his sponsors.
Asked whether he suspected intent, Rummenigge said: “Could be. I don’t know. Maybe it’s the sponsor’s intention. I could imagine that.
“But he should not allow anyone to misuse him. That would be my advice for him.”