Bayern back Robben as fans hit out

Bayern back Robben as fans hit out

Bayern Munich jumped to winger Arjen Robben's defence on Wednesday after he was jeered by the club's fans in a friendly match, days after missing a penalty in their Champions League final defeat to Chelsea.

Many fans among the 33,000 crowd at Tuesday's friendly between Bayern and Netherlands in Munich vented their frustration at losing out on the biggest European club prize, whistling and jeering the Dutch international, who played only for Netherlands, when he had possession. Robben's spot-kick in extra time on Saturday was saved by Chelsea keeper Petr Cech. The English club went on to become European champions after winning a penalty shootout at Bayern's own Allianz Arena. Robben did not take a penalty in the game-deciding shootout.

"Just like the other players, fans and friends of Bayern, Arjen Robben is deeply disappointed and affected by the undeserved defeat on penalties against Chelsea," Bayern CEO Karl-Heinz Rummenigge in a statement. "But it is the style of Bayern and their fans to give the one who has fallen down the hand and help him. This morning we have received a lot of reactions from Bayern fans who apologise on behalf of those who whistled.

"Bayern wish Arjen Robben a good and successful Euro championship and look forward to having him back in the Bayern group in July."

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