Ah, tis the season. Not just for Christmas, Hanukkah, and Kwanzaa, but for holiday parties! Each year holiday parties give employers the opportunity to pretend to appreciate their employees, who get to imbibe and do things they'll ultimately not remember the next morning (or wish not to remember). It turns out that sports teams hold celebrations of their own, which, don't always go so well either. Take Bayern Munich and goalie Oliver Kahn.
Kahn was fined €25,000 and suspended for Saturday's game at Hertha Berlin for leaving his club's Christmas party early and for criticising the commitment of his teammates. I kid you not.
"I had to set an example so everyone at Bayern knows how they're expected to behave," said the team's coach Ottmar Hitzfeld. "Players criticising their team-mates must stop. Otherwise we become a madhouse. Kahn must know he has to set an example to the younger players and at the Christmas party he did not behave well. The captain can't leave early."Are you kidding? Just imagine if your boss looked over your shoulder that closely at your holiday party. Yes, they might be disgusted. But they're probably not, and you're better off for it. Perhaps Hitzfeld was pissed that the team had paid for his plate and saw it needlessly go to waste.
Wasn't Kahn really the one suffering? I bet he missed out on a great raffle at the end! Ultimately this seems like a scene out of The Office. Does Ottmar Hitzfeld consider Michael Scott a role model?