Bayern board directors Karl-Heinz Rummenigge and Uli Hoeneß have fired back at Schalke 04 chief Rudi Assauer's complaint alleging a disproportionately high TV presence on the part of the Munich giants. The Bavarian officials firmly denied Bayern stood to gain financially from live coverage on German Free-TV channel ARD of the first game of the second half of the league programme on 21 January against Hamburg. "We're not getting any money for the match. Assauer should do his homework before shouting his mouth off. We'd happily let his club play the match," Hoeneß declared. The Bayern general manager said Munich had "fought tooth and nail" against appearing in the live match, "because we know our crowd won't come out for a Friday evening match in January." Hoeneß feared his counterpart was merely "courting short-term popularity" and insisted: "If Schalke had won as many championships as we have, I reckon the TV people would show Schalke." Assauer had criticised Bayern's frequent appearances on free TV compared to Schalke. "There comes a point where you can't understand the TV stations any more," the outspoken boss declared. Assauer called for ARD to televise Schalke's meeting with champions Werder Bremen when the domestic action resumes after Christmas. The live game at the beginning of the season in August featured the Ruhr Valley club against Werder. from fcb ========================== Haha I have always liked Assauer, he reminds me of the stereo typical mafia boss always smoking his cigar.