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Jerome Boateng PUNCHES Bayern Munich team-mate Leon Goretzka in the face

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Bayern Munich fight club: Jerome Boateng PUNCHES team-mate Leon Goretzka in the face after he kicked him off the ball in training before team-mates and boss Hans Flick piled in to break them up

  • Jerome Boateng was embroiled in a training ground bust-up with Leon Goretzka
  • Boateng punched Goretzka in the face after he kicked him off the ball in training
  • Robert Lewandowski and Hans Flick quickly intervened and calm the pair down 
  • Goretzka played down bust-up by posing for photos with Boateng on Instagram 

Bayern Munich became the centre of controversy on Wednesday after photos on social media emerged of Jerome Boateng punching Leon Goretzka in the face during training.

The 2014 World Cup winner became incensed after Goretzka mistimed a challenge during a small-sided game, which led to Boateng swinging out at his team-mate.

According to German publication BILD, Goretzka was originally angry after arguing with Thomas Muller over a penalty – with the former dismissively gesturing back to the veteran.

Leon Goretzka and Jerome Boateng played down the training ground bust-up immediately

Leon Goretzka and Jerome Boateng played down the training ground bust-up immediately

Goretzka posted two pictures of him alongside Boateng on Instagram on Wednesday

Goretzka posted two pictures of him alongside Boateng on Instagram on Wednesday

Boateng was quick to defend Muller and then just ten minutes later during a training game, Goretzka went in studs up on the German defender.

Boateng did not take the tackle well and reacted by hitting Goretzka square in the face with an open hand.   

Robert Lewandowski was quick to jump in and intervene while manager Hans Flick also calmed the pair down before talking to the Bayern centre back. 

However, just moments after the pictures emerged of the training ground bust-up, Goretzka was rapid to play it down by posting a picture of him smiling alongside Boateng while mimicking his team-mates punch.

Bayern will be hoping Goretzka and Boateng put their differences aside ahead of Saturday

Bayern will be hoping Goretzka and Boateng put their differences aside ahead of Saturday

Flick will be hoping the bust-up was just a heat of the moment thing, and that the pair have already put their differences aside as they bid to retain the Bundesliga title.

The Bundesliga giants take on Mainz away on Saturday afternoon, sitting just one point behind league leaders RB Leipzig with 15 matches remaining. 

Bayern head into the Mainz clash in fine form, scoring nine goals in their last two matches – thrashing Schalke 5-0 and seeing off Hertha Berlin 4-0 away from home.  

Boateng had been linked with a move away this January but it appears he is set to stay put

Boateng had been linked with a move away this January but it appears he is set to stay put

Jerome Boateng PUNCHES Bayern Munich team-mate Leon Goretzka in the face

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