Bayern Munich coach Niko Kovac has backtracked on his recent comments about Thomas Muller, calling them a "mistake."
Muller, 30, has not started any of Bayern's last five games, and prior to the club's last Bundesliga match -- a 2-1 home defeat to Hoffenheim -- Kovac suggested in an interview the striker would only get playing time in the future if other players were unavailable.
Former Liverpool midfielder Xabi Alonso was in Madrid court on Wednesday to face charges of tax fraud after opting not to accept a plea bargain.
The former Spain international could face up to a five-year prison sentence and a €4 million fine if convicted for tax fraud in Spain from 2010 to 2012 while he was playing with Real Madrid. He testified at the provincial court of Madrid on Wednesday on three counts of tax fraud, for creating a tax haven and for unpaid taxes on image rights revenue.