Bayern Munich fan groups pledge to end anti-Manuel Neuer protests, but on their terms

Provided the goalkeeper's future conduct is to their satisfaction, the various dissenting bands of ultras will abstain from any demonstrations against the former Schalke man
Bayern Munich ultras have agreed to refrain from protests against the club's new goalkeeper Manuel Neuer.

After a meeting with the new signing from Schalke, the various groups decided to issue a joint statement detailing their new course of action.

The move will come as a welcome relief to the player and the club, whose pre-season preparations have been marred by demonstrations by certain sections of the Bayern support, who have never taken to the German international.

"On Tuesday evening there was a meeting between Manuel Neuer and groups from the South Stand, which have taken part in demonstrations against the transfer of Neuer," the statement read.

"We made him aware of how he has to behave in front of our stand. As for our opinion about him, which you can read in our previous statements, nothing has changed. If Manuel Neuer agrees to the rules we laid down regarding his conduct and keeps a respectful distance, there will be no further organised protests and actions."

The statement went on to say that the groups were unable to influence any "individual expressions of discontent from people elsewhere in the stadium" and they acknowledged that Neuer's move has opened up some divisions between different parts of the club.

Certain sections of the Bayern fans refused to accept Neuer, after he mocked their former goalkeeper, Oliver Kahn, a few years ago. Even before his big-money move from Gelsenkirchen, there were organised demonstrations in the crowd, however, the Bayern management believe that the vast majority of fans are behind the club's new No. 1.

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