Ribery plays down supporter incident

The ex-France international was not too worried about Wednesday’s incident and was pleased with Bayern’s performance against HSV

Franck Ribery has played down the incident that saw a spectator strike him with a scarf in Bayern Munich’s 3-1 DFB Pokal win at Hamburg on Wednesday.

The Frenchman was making his first start of the season after suffering from back and knee injuries and scored Bayern’s third goal in a comfortable victory for the holders at the Imtech Arena.

However, the match ended on a sour note when a Hamburg supporter ran onto the pitch and hit Ribery with a scarf, before making a hand gesture towards the 31-year-old and being led away by stewards.

The incident drew an immediate apology from Hamburg on Twitter, while Ribery himself brushed aside the altercation.

“Fortunately nothing much happened,” he told German TV station ARD.

“It was a difficult situation, I didn’t see him coming.”

Ribery’s goal came via a deflection from Johan Djourou and, though he admits there was an element of luck, he was happy with the team’s performance.

“It was my first game from the start so it wasn’t easy. I’m delighted the team played so well and I think I had a good game too.

“I was a bit lucky with my goal, but it was super for me and the team. We have to keep it up, all of us together.”

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