FC Bayern Munchen winger Franck Ribery has hit back at his critics for suggesting he disrespected the club by throwing down his jersey at the Allianz Arena on Tuesday.
The temperamental Frenchman appeared to react angrily to being substituted in the closing stages of Bayern’s 3-0 win against Anderlecht in their Champions League Group B opener.
Ribery hurled his shirt into the dugout as he left the pitch, although Bayern head coach Carlo Ancelotti played down the incidents afterwards.
His actions drew criticism from some quarters, with German legend Lothar Matthaus saying it was “a bad sign against the club”.
The 34-year-old, though, insists their views couldn’t be further from the truth, as he took to social media in response to the accusations.
“I was always one of the honest and loyal players in this business,” Ribery wrote on Instagram. “I have respect for the fans and for the club I love.
“Throwing my wet jersey yesterday night had nothing to do with disrespect or anything else people who believe or pretend to know me accuse me of.
“This wet jersey which I have worn for more than 10 years now and give my everything for, with all my impulsiveness and my will to win, with which we have achieved so much.
“Some people will never understand what it means to give everything for your club and I’m sorry for them.
“As long as I stand on the pitch I, Franck Ribery, will defend our colours and will play every game with all of my passion.”