Leroy Sane: Union Berlin Boss Sees Red for Shoving Bayern Munich Star Twice in the Face

Leroy Sane: Union Berlin Boss Sees Red for Shoving Bayern Munich Star Twice in the Face

Martin Moses
updated at February 13, 2024 at 11:54 AM
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  • Leroy Sane was pushed in the face twice by Union Berlin manager, Nenad Bjelica
  • The incident saw the coach shown a red card by the referee for violent behaviour
  • Bayern Munich bounced back to move only four points behind Bayer Leverkusen

Leroy Sane had a violent run-in with Union Berlin boss, Nenad Bjelica, when the two came face to face on January 24 during a Bundesliga match at the Allianz Arena.

The Berlin manager shoved the German winger twice in the face, sparking a massive brawl between the two teams on the touchline.

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Union Berlin boss, Nenad Bjelica pushes Bayern Munich forward, Leroy Sane during their Bundesliga match on January 24. Photo by Stefan Matzke - sampics.
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Thomas Tuchel's side were leading 1-0 in the 74th minute courtesy of Raphael Guerreiro's goal immediately after the break when the ball went out for a Bayern Munich throw-in.

Eager to swiftly get the game back underway, Sane rushed to retrieve the ball, only for Bjelica to thwart his attempt. The confrontation resulted in the Croat tactician shoving the former Manchester City star twice in the face.

Referee, Frank Willenborg then sent off the visiting manager, with Sane getting booked as well. Speaking after the game, Bjelica insisted that he felt provoked.

"The ball came to me and I went to give it to Sane. He pushed me and then I reacted in a way I should not have - with my hand in his face. I felt provoked and just reacted the way I should not have," he said as captured by Reuters.

The result sees the Bavarian giants lessen the gap between them and Bayer Leverkusen to four points.

Union Berlin remains three points above the relegation zone. Bjelica took over two months ago after the club had gone on a 14-match winless run under former manager, Urs Fischer.

Managers with most losses this season

Sports Brief has also reported that Fischer features on the list of coaches with the most losses this season.

Burnley's Vincent Kompany and Manchester United's Erik ten Hag could be in danger due to current results.

With more than half of the season already gone, the Dutchman's team has struggled to find any consistency.

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Martin Moses is a sports journalist with over five years of experience in media. He graduated from Multimedia University of Kenya (Bachelor of Journalism, 2017-2021)