Ricardo Pepi was peed on by Markus Weinzierl as part of a club initiation ceremony is “fake news”

Ricardo Pepi was peed on by Markus Weinzierl as part of a club initiation ceremony is “fake news”

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20 Jan 2022
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Pepi interviewed Sport Bild earlier this week, outlining his ambitions as an Augsburg player, setting his sights on Champions League qualification while also singling out Bayern Munich’s Robert Lewandowski as his main role model.

Fakes news from Pepi’s interview began doing the rounds on social media

Augsburg have labelled a quote claiming that United States national team star Ricardo Pepi was peed on by Markus Weinzierl as part of a club initiation ceremony “fake news”. Pepi became on January 3, with the 19-year-old committing to a four-and-a-half-year contract. Augsburg beat several top European clubs to Pepi’s signature, including Liverpool and Bayern Munich, but his start to life in Germany has been marred slightly by online trolls. Pepi interviewed Sport Bild earlier this week, outlining his ambitions as an Augsburg player, setting his sights on Champions League qualification while also singling out Bayern Munich’s Robert Lewandowski as his main role model.

 

A fake quote from that interview subsequently began doing the rounds on social media. It claimed that Augsburg boss Weinzierl welcomed the teenager to the club by urinating on him in the showers at the club training ground.

Pepi is impressed enough to male Winzierl’s starting XI

The Bundesliga outfit have now come out to rubbish the report, writing on Twitter: “Actually obvious that this ‘quote’ is fake! We can laugh about it a lot and often don’t take ourselves too seriously. “But since some of you out there seem to think so, let’s make it clear that this is fake.” Pepi was handed his Augsburg debut in their 3-1 loss at Hoffenheim on January 8 as he came on for the final 30 minutes when the visitors were trying to get back into the game. The American is forward impressed enough to make Weinzierl’s starting XI in their next Bundesliga outing, playing 84 minutes of a 1-1 draw with Eintracht Frankfurt.

 

Pepi looked lively in his first home game for the club and might have scored twice on another day as he squandered two clear openings but will likely have the chance to break his duck again when Augsburg take on Bayer Leverkusen this weekend.

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