San Marino call for apology from Germany forward Thomas Muller

Thomas Muller
Thomas Muller has scored 36 goals for Germany - but did not score in the 8-0 win in San Marino.

San Marino officials have demanded an apology from Germany forward Thomas Muller, who made comments about the team following an 8-0 win on Friday.

Muller said that playing a "team of amateurs" in the World Cup qualifier put German players at risk of injury, and Bayern Munich chief Karl-Heinz Rummenigge said "San Marino has nothing to do with professional football".

San Marino Olympic Committee spokesman Alan Gasperoni offered 10 reasons for the game to be played and told Muller that Germany "does not own the game".

And San Marino Secretary of State for Tourism and Sport, Teodoro Lonfernini, called for a formal apology.

"Germany are world champions, but they are not the master of the world," said Lonfernini.

Joachim Low's side were 2-0 up inside nine minutes and ran out easy winners, with a hat-trick from former Arsenal forward Serge Gnabry on his debut, two from Jonas Hector, an own goal and strikes from Kevin Volland and Sami Khedira.

Muller - who has not scored for Bayern in the Bundesliga yet this season - said afterwards that while "it's a highlight for San Marino to play the world champions", the game should not have been played.

When San Marino meet Germany
6 September 2006: San Marino 0-13 Germany (Podolski 4, Schweinsteiger 2, Klose 2, Hitzlsperger 2, Ballack, Friedrich, Schneider.
2 June 2007: Germany 6-0 San Marino (Kuranyi, Jansen, Frings, Gomez 2, Fritz)
11 November 2016: San Marino 0-8 Germany (Khedira, Gnabry 3, Hector 2, Volland, OG)

"It served to show that even against lowly teams like ours you cannot score a goal and don't say you were not frustrated when [goalkeeper Aldo] Simoncini denied you," Gasperoni said in the letter posted on Facebook.

"It also served to show that football belongs to everyone who loves it and we are part of that, whether you like it or not."

San Marino are ranked 201st in the Fifa rankings, while Germany are second.

Germany, who travel to Italy on Tuesday for a friendly match, are top of Group C on 12 points after winning all four matches, with Northern Ireland second on seven points. San Marino are bottom and are yet to pick up a point.

As It Stood

A

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1France431072510
2Sweden42116337
3Netherlands31115324
4Bulgaria3102510-53
5Belarus302125-32
6Luxembourg301246-21

B

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Switzerland33007349
2Portugal3201122106
3Hungary31114314
4Faroe Islands311126-44
5Latvia310214-33
6Andorra300319-80

C

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Germany44001601612
2Northern Ireland42118267
3Azerbaijan421124-27
4Czech Rep412124-25
5Norway410357-23
6San Marino4004117-160

D

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Serbia32108447
2R. of Ireland32106337
3Wales31207345
4Austria31116604
5Georgia301224-21
6Moldova3003110-90

E

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Poland4310105510
2Montenegro42119457
3Denmark42027526
4Romania41216425
5Armenia4103410-63
6Kazakhstan4022311-82

F

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1England431060610
2Slovenia42204228
3Slovakia42027256
4Lithuania412157-25
5Scotland411268-24
6Malta4004110-90

G

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Spain3210111107
2Italy32107437
3Albania32014316
4Israel32015506
5Macedonia300347-30
6Liechtenstein3003112-110

H

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Belgium3300130139
2Greece33008179
3Bos-Herze32017436
4Estonia310247-33
5Cyprus300307-70
6Gibraltar3003114-130

I

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Croatia32108177
2Iceland32106337
3Ukraine31206335
4Turkey302135-22
5Finland301235-21
6Kosovo3012110-91
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