Bayern Munich Ban the Sun, Daily Mirror for Back Pages on Bastian Schweinsteiger

Mark PattersonUK Staff WriterApril 3, 2014

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - APRIL 01:  A dejected Bastian Schweinsteiger of Bayern Muenchen holds his head after he was shown a red card during the UEFA Champions League Quarter Final first leg match between Manchester United and FC Bayern Muenchen at Old Trafford on April 1, 2014 in Manchester, England.  (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)
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Bayern Munich have banned reporters from The Sun and The Daily Mirror from attending the return leg of their Champions League quarter-final against Manchester United.

The German giants felt the tabloids' coverage of Bastian Schweinsteiger's challenge on Wayne Rooney was—via the Huffington Post"disrespectful, discriminatory and personally insulting," adding it would "not be accepted as a form of reporting."

Schweinsteiger picked up a second yellow card for the incident, and he will accordingly miss the second leg.

Both papers used "Schwein" puns—the word translates to "pig" in English—and Bayern have spoken out against the coverage.

The Mirror's back-page splash included the term:

MIRROR SPORT: You dirty schwein #tomorrowspaperstoday #mufc pic.twitter.com/eEbBLnTtvx

— Neil Henderson (@hendopolis) April 1, 2014

The Sun's back page did not, but as the Huffington Post clarifies, it was used in their online coverage:

SUN SPORT: Neman United #tomorrowspaperstoday pic.twitter.com/11I4Wfs23s

— Neil Henderson (@hendopolis) April 1, 2014

The Sun [via Huffington Post]

Does the punishment fit the crime? Papers tend to take exception to any censuring of their coverage, but was their coverage in any way inappropriate?