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Bayern Munich criticizes Bundesliga rivals for not delaying season start after World Cup win

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MUNICH - Bayern Munich chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge has criticized Bundesliga rivals for not postponing the start of the season due to players' late involvement in the World Cup.

The German league is due to resume on August 22 and Rummenigge had suggested delaying the start for another week to give international players involved in the World Cup final more rest.

Rummenigge tells Bild, "That was rejected on the grounds it was the only chance to give Bayern problems."

Bayern had nine players involved on the final weekend of the World Cup — seven on the victorious German side, as well as Dante and Arjen Robben for Brazil and Netherlands, respectively, in the third-place playoff.

Rummenigge says "I miss the solidarity among the clubs that send many players to the World Cup."

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