- The German broadcaster worked as an expert for Sky Sports Austria
- The network swapped Hamann with former Austrian international Stankovic
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Liverpool legend Didi Hamann fell ill on Wednesday evening while appearing on Austrian television.
The former FC Bayern Munich player can be seen regularly on German-language television to report on Champions League games and Bundesliga games. He recently commented on Thomas Tuchel’s short tenure at his old club and described his compatriot’s performances as “catastrophic”.
But the 50-year-old was unable to pass judgment on his former team on Wednesday after their 4-3 win over Manchester United at the Allianz Arena.
Although Hamman began broadcasting for Sky Sports Austria before kick-off of the first televised game of the evening, which pitted Union Berlin against Real Madrid, he quickly disappeared.
In his place, the station had to sign Janko’s national team colleague Marko Stankovic alongside presenter Constanze Weiss and ex-Red Bull Salzburg striker Marc Janko.
Didi Hamann fell ill on Wednesday while broadcasting for Sky Sports Austria
The former Liverpool star was replaced in the squad by Austrian international Marko Stankovic
But Weiss clarified the strange turn of events with a short statement in which he explained the new situation and announced that the former Germany international had been “sent home”.
“Unfortunately, Didi Hamann fell ill and lost his voice during the course of the show.” That’s why we sent Didi home.
According to PICTUREIt is believed that Hamann had a hoarse voice early in his short time as a scholar.
Sky Sports Austria marked the announcement with a tongue-in-cheek graphic that showed Stankovic subbing in for the German TV personality in the studio.
Had Hamann been watching from home, he would undoubtedly have been happy with his former team’s result.
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Former Man Utd goalscorer Harry Kane showed the Red Devils what they were missing with a goal and an assist for new club Bayern Munich
Tuchel’s players caused a stir in Munich on a difficult evening for Erik ten Hag’s team. Former Man United transfer target Harry Kane proved exactly why the Red Devils were keen to lure him to Old Trafford.
Kane not only punished defensive mistakes with sustained threat, but also got on the scoresheet with Bayern’s third goal, a penalty after Christian Eriksen received a handball against him.
The England captain also provided an assist in his new club’s opening game when Leroy Sane outdueled Andre Onana.
Hamann has been a vocal supporter of a move for Kane to Bayern in the summer, urging his former club to “pay what (Tottenham chairman Daniel) Levy wants” given the star player’s willingness to come to Munich.