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May 4, 2014

Jerome Boateng to be fined for slap

Bayern Munich defender Jerome Boateng is to be fined for slapping Hamburg midfielder Kerem Demirbay, according to CEO Karl-Heinz Rummenigge.

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Boateng was sent off for his slap in the face of Demirbay in the final minutes of Bayen's 4-1 win at struggling Hamburg on Saturday.

As well as receiving a customary suspension, the centre-back's third red card in 163 Bundesliga matches is also set to bring about a hefty fine.

"Getting a red card five minutes from time, 4-1 up, you can indeed call that brainless," Rummenigge told Abendzeitung. "He will get a high five-figure fine.

"If you don't want to listen, or at least draw your consequences from it, find out the hard way. Thus, you need to show the player that if wearing the FC Bayern Munich jersey, you have to act clean and reputable."

Boateng is the third Bayern player to have slapped an opponent in the face over the last month.

While Rafinha was sent off for his violent conduct against Borussia Dortmund's Henrikh Mkhitaryan, Franck Ribery went unpunished when he struck Real Madrid's Daniel Carvajal in the face in the second leg of the Champions League semifinal.

Boateng admitted he was in the wrong after the Hamburg game, and was quoted by Bild as saying: "That was stupid. I can only apologise."

Fellow Bayern centre-back Dante told kicker: "It's a shame. We wanted to have the ideal preparation for the [DFB-Pokal] final [against Dortmund on May 17], and that's why it would have been better if he had been able to also play against Stuttgart [in the final Bundesliga match of the season]."

Bayern midfielder Toni Kroos added of Boateng's slap: "That was unnecessary."

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