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Following the CEO's claims that officials punish his side without reason, many have spoken out to the contrary, with a study also agreeing with the naysayers

Voices from around the Bundesliga have spoken out in opposition to claims from Karl-Heinz Rummenigge that Bayern Munich receive unfair treatment from referees.

On Wednesday, the Bavarians' CEO claimed that his side had been victimised by officials during domestic matches.

"Sometimes I get the impression that the motto is: when in doubt, go against Bayern," he told Sport-Bild, citing a disallowed goal against Hamburg in a 1-1 draw earlier in February.

Rummenigge's controversial words have prompted a backlash from around the Bundesliga.

"I cannot subscribe to the claim that Bayern have been penalised," Borussia Monchengladbach director Max Eberl told Bild.

"There were also times when the referees whistled in their favour even when in doubt. I think the refs do a very good job."

Hamburg sporting director Frank Arnesen also weighed in on the issue, saying: "I do not think Bayern have been penalised by the referees."

Indeed, according to, which takes account of refereeing errors and how they affect the Bundesliga table, Bayern have been denied two legitimate goals but benefited from three unjust decisions. In their 'corrected' table, Bayern would be third, not second, in the Bundesliga.

Bild also asked Knut Kircher to weigh in on the issue, asking whether the referee or any of his colleagues had unfairly penalised Bayern.

"No," he simply replied. "And any other word would be too much."