- Robben and Ribery got in a dust up over a free kick against Real Madrid
- Heynkes had to make it clear who was on what free kick
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Things got ugly for Arjen Robben and Frank Ribery in the half-time break of the 2012 Champions League quarterfinal as they had a scrap in the changing rooms.
Playing against Real Madrid, their mid-way brawl was becoming a distraction from the task in hand.
The spat began on the pitch with your conventional disgruntled over who should take a free kick towards the end of the first half. and ended with Ribery swinging a punch at his Dutch teammate and then their Bayern colleagues dragging the wingers apart.
Both players were hauled before Bayern bosses Karl-Heinz Rummenigge and Uli Hoeness the following morning and given a dressing down, with Ribery taking most of the blame and being fined for his actions.
Former Bayern Munich boss Jupp Heynckes spoke about the fight a few years after.
“Once, [Ribery] was hot under the collar but I told him to stick to the rules and behave himself,”
“His argument with Robben was unbelievable. They fought with each other because of a simple free kick!
“There was not this kind of scene again the next season because we learned from our mistakes. After this fight, I made it clear who would take free kicks. And each respected my decision.”
Bayern Munich went through on penalties, although the Bayern Munich lost to Chelsea in the final in their home ground The Allianz Arena.
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