Bayern Munich have made a shock move by suspending captain Oliver Kahn for their final Bundesliga fixture of the year.
The 38-year-old has also been fined €25,000 for 'disciplinary reasons' by coach Ottmar Hitzfeld and will miss Saturday's game at Hertha Berlin.
No explanation behind the action has been revealed, although an interview with Kahn on Monday following the 0-0 draw with Duisburg, in which he attacked new signings Franck Ribery and Luca Toni, is thought to be at the centre of the controversy.
"I am not that surprised. I understand that discipline should be of the utmost importance," Kahn told the German press.
"I am the sort of person who recognises when he has gone too far and knows when he makes a mistake every now and again."
Kahn had criticised Ribery and Toni for their recent slump in form, saying:
"It's not enough just to start the season well. You have to play the whole season at top level.
"Bayern is not Marseille or Fiorentina but more like Real, Manchester United or Milan."
Kahn will retire from the Bundesliga at the end of the current campaign, having first joined Bayern in 1994.