Lahm, Toni fined by Bayern for breaking rules

BY foxsports • November 8, 2009

Bayern Munich imposed heavy fines on defender Philipp Lahm and striker Luca Toni on Sunday for breaking club rules. The club did not disclose the amounts but said the fines were hefty, in Lahm's case unprecedented. Lahm was punished for criticizing club management in a newspaper interview, while Toni left the stadium without permission after being substituted at halftime in Saturday's 1-1 draw with Schalke. Lahm and Toni reported to Bayern boss Karl-Heinz Rummenigge and coach Louis van Gaal on Sunday and were told of the fines. A statement said Lahm had violated club rules in a "striking, unforgivable manner" and had broken an "absolute taboo" by publicly criticizing the club, coach and teammates and that he would be fined an unprecedented sum. Toni's departure from the stadium without permission was an "unacceptable lack of discipline," the statement said, describing the Italian's fine as "substantial." In the interview published by the Sueddeutsche newspaper on Saturday, Lahm criticized the club's transfer moves and the formation changes used by Van Gaal.