Serge Gnabry branded an ‘amateur’ by Bayern Munich sporting director Hasan Salihamidzic after his trip to Paris Fashion Week – as the winger is taken off at half-time in the German champions’ draw with Cologne

  • Serge Gnabry was substituted at half-time in Bayern’s 1-1 draw with Cologne
  • The winger had been criticized pre-match for his trip to Paris Fashion Week
  • Bayern manager Hasan Salihamidzic publicly berated Gnabry after the draw

Bayern Munich sporting director Hasan Salihamidzic has slammed Serge Gnabry for being “amateurish” after the winger’s controversial trip to Paris Fashion Week.

Gnabry was substituted at half-time in Bayern’s 1-1 draw with Cologne on Tuesday after a lackluster performance.

Salihamidzic has delivered a harsh criticism of the Germany international after Bayern dropped points.

Serge Gnabry was substituted at half-time in Bayern Munich’s draw with Cologne

Bayern sporting director Hasan Salihamidzic slammed Gnabry for his trip to Paris Fashion Week

Bayern sporting director Hasan Salihamidzic slammed Gnabry for his trip to Paris Fashion Week

“It’s amateur, it’s exactly what Bayern Munich is not, frolicking somewhere when you have the day off,” Salihamidzic said, according to Sport1.

“A day off is to rest so that you can step on the gas in the next game.

“We’ll talk about it on Wednesday, that’s for sure. Of course, we have to talk about it.

“(It’s) high time we shifted gears and realized the championship is now on the line.”

Gnabry had posted several photos from his trip to Paris Fashion Week on Saturday

Gnabry had posted several photos from his trip to Paris Fashion Week on Saturday

The winger had been criticized for the move after Bayern's draw with Leipzig on Friday

The winger had been criticized for the move after Bayern’s draw with Leipzig on Friday

Gnabry, dubbed “Gucci-Gnabry” by some, had spent his day off Saturday next to the catwalk in Paris, with the 27-year-old photographed head to toe in designer clothes.

The 27-year-old has been criticized by some Bayern fans, with the trip coming a day after the German champions drew 1-1 with RB Leipzig.

Bayern coach Julian Nagelsmann warned before the match against Cologne that Gnabry must now deliver on the pitch.

Joshua Kimmich saved a late draw for Bayern with a superb strike against Cologne

Joshua Kimmich saved a late draw for Bayern with a superb strike against Cologne

“If it leads to a bad performance, it’s not good,” he said before the game.

“As long as the answer is right on Tuesday, that’s fine with me. If not, then it’s not OK. And then there will be consequences.

Bayern fell behind on Ellyes Skhiri’s fourth-minute volley on Tuesday, with Nagelsmann’s side needing a late strike from Joshua Kimmich to earn a point.

Gnabry was one of two players removed at half-time by Nagelsmann, with Leon Goretzka, the German coach saying the substitutions had had the desired effect in improving Bayern’s performance.

Bayern boss Julian Nagelsmann says his side have improved after half-time substitutions

Bayern boss Julian Nagelsmann says his side have improved after half-time substitutions

“I think we deserved the point, we made changes for the second half and played well afterwards,” Nagelsmann said.

“The late goal will do us good, even if two points in the first two games of the year is not enough.

“We set the bar with our second half performance – that’s how we should play for the full 90 minutes.”

Despite the criticism, Gnabry has had a solid season so far for Bayern with the winger scoring 10 goals in 25 appearances in all competitions.

Consecutive draws since the Bundesliga resumed after the World Cup have reduced Bayern’s lead at the top of the table to four points.

RB Leipzig will look to close the gap to a single point on Friday when they host Stuttgart, before Bayern host Eintracht Frankfurt at the Allianz Arena on Saturday.

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