Beckenbauer: Barcelona will respect fair play

The Bayern Munich legend has claimed that his recent declarations were misunderstood, and believes the Catalans will not do anything against the rules in the second-leg
Franz Beckenbauer has apologised for his earlier comments that Barcelona will not hesitate to use dirty tricks in the second leg of their Champions League semi-final against Bayern Munich.

The Catalans contacted the Bavarian giants to seek clarification about the club's honorary president's comments and the German icon has now stressed in an official statement that he does not have any doubts that Barca will respect the principles of fair play.

"I apologise if what I said has been misunderstood. I only meant that Barca will do whatever it can to get to the final, but nothing against the rules," Beckenbauer stated.

"When I say they will do anything, I mean putting pressure on their rival – something that is commonplace on the pitch and which I myself used to do as a player and then as a coach.

"Barca are one of the biggest and most honest clubs in the world and have my full admiration. I'm convinced that fair play will prevail in Wednesday's match.

"Both teams will do their all and come out all guns blazing to try to reach the final – that's all I meant to say."