After scandal penalty: DFB admits mistakes

The management of the elite referees in the DFB has admitted errors in handling the video evidence at the weekend. Schalke 04 missed their fifth away win in the 2nd Bundesliga in a 1-1 draw against Werder Bremen due to a controversial penalty kick in stoppage time. No foul on Roger Assalé from Bremen could be seen.

Referee Tobias Stieler revised his decision after the intervention of the VAR and gave a penalty. The Schalke bosses cooked and spoke of fraud. The intervention of the video assistant was “not appropriate” according to a DFB announcement on Sunday. Schalke said on Sunday evening that they would not protest against the game standings. “After a detailed legal examination, Königsblau decided not to use any sports legal means against the case decision due to the low chances of success,” it said in a message.

Video evidence in Bremen: DFB admits mistakes

“Now that things have been going very well for a long time and the high intervention threshold in the interventions of video assistants is generally well accepted because it has been implemented in a largely uniform manner so far, the task now is to work through these three processes in line with the previous line and Once again to clearly state that the processes in the game and the evidence of the image material must be the basis of an intervention, ”wrote the German Football Association.


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The DFB again pointed out that an intervention of the video assistant is only necessary if there is absolute clarity about a mistake. This was the case in the match between Bayer Leverkusen and VfL Bochum (1-0) on Saturday. VfL coach Thomas Reis, who went to referee Daniel Schlager immediately after the final whistle, quarreled because of a missed penalty whistle after an action by Bayer defender Jonathan Tah against Christopher Antwi-Adjei.

“This is a foul game in which the TV images clearly document the process and the hit image. For this reason, an intervention by the video assistant would have been appropriate, ”explained the DFB.