Bayern Munich star and World Cup winner Kingsley Coman is set to face a hefty fine after he turned up to training in his own personal car rather than the company one provided by the club.
Players at Bayern Munich are forbidden from driving cars made by manufacturers outside the Audi family, who own an 8% stake in the German champions.
Audi, who are owned by Volkswagen, have brands such as Porsche and Bentley under their banner.
Coman reportedly turned up to training driving his own car, a McLaren 570S Spider.
The Frenchman has apologised for breaking the rules at the club and now faces a fine as punishment.
“I would like to apologise to the club and Audi for not having come to training in my company car,” Coman said to Bild.
“The reason was a damaged wing mirror on my Audi. Still, that was a mistake, of course I can see that.
“As a reparation, I will visit the Audi plant in Ingolstadt for an autograph hour as soon as possible and bring some attention to the employees.”
Bayern sporting director Hasan Salihamidzic had previously warned players they could face a fine of up to €50,000 if they break these rules – so these actions could cost Coman a quite hefty fee.
It all seems a little bit of an overreaction to be quite honest. He’s broken the rules yes, but he’s done so due to the wing mirror having broken on his car – ergo making it unsafe to drive.
Protecting the brand deals is clearly more important to Bayern…