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Hoeness shocked by protests

Bayern Munich president Uli Hoeness has expressed his amazement at the fans' protests against him during last Saturday's 1-0 win over Borussia Monchengladbach at the Allianz Arena.

Hoeness was targeted by a section of the fans for his offer of help to financially-crippled city rivals 1860 Munich and his insistence on signing Manuel Neuer from Schalke in the summer. Banners were unfurled personally criticising Hoeness and insulting chants were also directed at him.

Hoeness left the stadium without comment, while Bayern issued a statement this week condemning the fans' behaviour and midfielder Franck Ribery yesterday spoke out in support of Hoeness. Now, just 48 hours before Bayern's next match in Nurnberg, Hoeness has broken his silence.

"Given my help for 1860 and because I strongly defended Manuel Neuer after our game in Munich, I expected a reaction would come from certain people,'' he told the Tz newspaper. "But I never thought it possible to come in this form.

"I was obviously very shocked on Saturday evening.''

Nevertheless, Hoeness does not want to make too big a deal of the incident and divert the attention away from his side's final six games of the season.

"I will not say anything more about it until the end of the season,'' he added.

Hoeness has spent more than three decades at the Bavarian club, becoming their president last year after more than 20 years as their general manager.

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