Sammer: Both sides have made mistakes in bitter Bayern-Dortmund dispute

The Bundesliga duo have been locked in an escalating war of words over the Bavarians’ public pursuit of Signal Iduna Park star Marco Reus

Matthias Sammer wants an end to the hostility between Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund, arguing that everyone should accept that mistakes were made on both sides.

The Bundesliga duo have long been considered big rivals on the field but the off-field tension between the two clubs has increased significantly over the past couple of seasons.

Dortmund were enraged by the way in which Mario Gotze’s imminent move to Bayern was leaked to the press before a crucial Champions League clash with Real Madrid last year.

Robert Lewandowski’s subsequent free transfer to the Allianz Arena hardly helped matters but relations reached a new low this summer after Bayern CEO Karl-Heinz Rummenigge publicly discussed the buy-out clause in Marco Reus’ BVB contract.

However, Sammer, who represented Dortmund during his playing career, feels that both clubs should accept some blame for the way in which the dispute has escalated so that nobody has to deal with any more questions from the media on the issue.

“Individual errors were made on both sides, no question about it,” the Bayern sporting director admitted during an interview with Sky.

“We’re discussing this strained relationship far too much at the moment.

“This focus of the discussion is completely unnecessary.”

Bundesliga leaders Bayern beat Dortmund 2-1 at the Allianz Arena on Saturday to maintain their unbeaten start to the new season while at the same time dropping BVB down to 16th place in the standings.

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