By Maximilian Bensinger
Bayern Munich defender Holger Badstuber has hit back at Napoli and referee Bjorn Kuipers following his sending off in the German giants' 3-2 home win in Champions League Group A on Wednesday.
The 22-year-old was booked early in the first half for a high boot, and was sent off on 77 minutes as he collided with Edinson Cavani as the pair chased down a through pass.
"The referee did not have things under control in the last half hour," Badstuber exclusively told Goal.com. "Even the free kick decision before the 3-2 goal was not justified."
Bayern were 3-0 up in the first half thanks to Mario Gomez's hat-trick, but Federico Fernandez pulled a goal back before the break following a free kick. Two minutes after Badstuber's dismissal, another set piece saw Fernandez nod in a second.
"The Italians are naturally hot-headed," the Germany international added. "If things do not go well, they start to play unfairly and look for contact."
However, Badstuber made sure to place blame upon Kuipers for permitting what he regarded as foul play.
"But the referee played an important role, with his dismissals and foul decisions when there was little reason. That was just unfair," he explained.
Reacting to his dismissal, Badstuber insisted upon his innocence, saying: "It was a normal running duel and Cavani fell before making contact with me. I did not touch him but the referee immediately gave me a card."
He added: "But we won and that's the only thing that matters."
The result saw Bayern remain three points clear of Manchester City atop Group A, with 10 points from four games.