Franck Ribery Involved in Training Confrontation with Fan and Dog

Adrian Agius@@agius2nvAnalyst IFebruary 13, 2013

VALENCIA, SPAIN - NOVEMBER 20:  Franck Ribery of Bayern Muenchen (L) and Barragan of Valencia duel for the ball with  during the UEFA Champions League group F match between Valencia CF and FC Bayern Muenchen at Estadio Mestalla on November 20, 2012 in Valencia, Spain.  (Photo by Manuel Queimadelos Alonso/Getty Images)
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French superstar and Bayern Munich midfielder Franck Ribery has been involved in a heated altercation with an angry fan during a training session with Bayern Munich. The confrontation, although not physical, was reported to have been over a dog...

According to, Ribery had informed Bayern Munich staff that he would be receiving a visit from his brother and cousin during the day. It is believed that the fan that was let in was mistaken for either of the two men.

The entire matter is believed to have started when the same man arrived to one of Bayern's training sessions two weeks ago with a dog for Ribery. The man in question is believed to have tried again in his attempts to give the animal to the footballer.

Police were called to Munich's training facilities after the argument broke out and had this to say about the matter (via "We had to attend an incident at Sabener Strasse. Because of a suspect who was located there. We went there, and sorted everything out."

The 29-year-old international has not spoken about the matter except for denying any knowledge of the dog, but the club did release a statement regarding the matter via a spokesperson. When asked whether any threats had been leveled from either side the Munich representative said, "No, there have not been any [threats] - from neither side."

Bayern Munich will travel to London next week to face Arsenal in the UEFA Champions League. Ribery, as per usual, will prove to be one of the biggest threats to the Gunners, especially considering the defensive blows suffered by Arsene Wenger's side. Let's just hope, for his sake, he doesn't have to worry about receiving anymore unwanted animals.