• Germany's news in English

Referee: Dortmund red card was a mistake

The Local · 9 Dec 2012, 10:50

Published: 09 Dec 2012 10:50 GMT+01:00

Facebook Twitter Google+ reddit

"We analyzed the scene after the match with observers. For me it was obvious on the pitch that there was a handball at the goal line and that results in a penalty and red card," referee Wolfgang Stark told LIGAtotal.

"But with the television replays, you can naturally see that there was no handball -- so it was a mistake. A clear error on my part. Of course I am sorry."

Stark ruled that Dortmund defender Marcel Schmelzer had handled a shot by Wolfsburg's Bas Dost in the 35th minute and awarded a penalty as well as red-carding Schmelzer.

Dortmund had been dominating the match until that point and were leading 1-0 until Diego converted the spot-kick in the 36th minute.

A rattled Dortmund side then gave up a second goal five minutes later.

Despite playing with 10 men, Jürgen Klopp's team levelled in the 61st minute on a penalty by Jakub Blaszczykowski.

But Dost made it 3-2 in the 73rd minute to decide the game.

"First of all you have to let the whole thing soak in. It eats away at you," added Stark.

The defeat meant that Dortmund remained on 27 points in the championship, while Bayern Munich pulled away in front with a 2-0 victory over Augsburg putting them 14 points ahead of Dortmund.

"The red card decided the game. We were dominating the game. My team played one of the best home matches in ages. The red card caused chaos in our game," said Klopp.

"This of course was a very hard one for us to swallow."

Story continues below…

The German Football Association (DFB) said it would likely not suspend Schmelzer for the incident.


The Local (news@thelocal.de)

Facebook Twitter Google+ reddit

Your comments about this article

09:33 December 10, 2012 by TonyMey
Being an American I like watching Futball (soccer) with my German friends (go Frankfurt) but isn¦#39;t it time they start using instant replay. The referees are human and must run up and down the field trying to watch everything at every time. Of course they will make mistakes. Those who are against on stopping the game for a couple of minutes it take to review a challenged call should just look at this example. I also don¦#39;t understand why don¦#39;t they have at least two referees on the field? Hey 4 eyes are better than two, those two side line referees are useless in my opinion. Yea yea I know this is not how we do things in Futball and this is not ¦quot;American Football¦quot; were they have 10 Referees and 20 cameras etc, but come on we all want to win or be beaten fairly.
Today's headlines
Creepy clown scare spreads to Germany
Two of the clowns were apparently equipped with chainsaws. Photo: Pedro Pardo / AFP file picture

Police said Friday five incidents involving so-called scary clowns had occurred in two north German town, including one assailant who hit a man with a baseball bat, amid fears that Halloween could spark a rash of similar attacks.

Student fined for spying on women via their webcams
Photo: DPA

Student from Munich fined €1,000 for spying on 32 different computers, using their webcams to take photographs, or record their keyboard history.

This is how much startup geeks earn in Germany
Photo: DPA

A comprehensive new survey of 143 startup founders shows how much you are likely to be earning at a German startup, from entry level all the way up to sitting on the board.

Man dies after beating for peeing near Freiburg church
The Johannes Church in Freiburg. Photo Jörgens Mi/Wikipedia

A middle-aged man from southern Germany has died after being attacked by a group of men who took umbrage with the fact he was urinating in the vicinity of a church.

The Local List
Seven German celebrities with uncanny doppelgängers
Former Berlin mayor Klaus Wowereit and actor Alec Baldwin. Photo: DPA; Gage Skidmore, Wikimedia Commons

Check out these seven look-a-likes of well known German figures - we admit that some are more tenuous than others...

Israel seeks to buy three new German submarines: report
A Dolphin class submarine. Photo: DPA

Israel is seeking to buy three more advanced submarines from Germany at a combined price of €1.2 billion, an Israeli newspaper reported Friday.

Here’s where people live the longest in Germany
Photo: DPA

Germans down south seem to know the secret to a long life.

More Germans identify as LGBT than in rest of Europe
Photo: DPA

The percentage of the German population which identifies as lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender is higher than anywhere else in Europe, according to a new study.

'Reichsbürger' pair attack police in Saxony-Anhalt
File photo: DPA.

A "Reichsbürger" and his wife attacked police officers on Thursday, just a day after another Reichsbürger fatally shot an officer in Bavaria.

Five things not to miss at the Frankfurt Book Fair
Photo: DPA

From consulting a book doctor to immersing yourself in an author's world with the help of virtual reality, here are five things not to miss at this week's Frankfurt Book Fair, the world's largest publishing event.

Sponsored Article
How to vote absentee from abroad in the US elections
10 things you never knew about socialist East Germany
Sponsored Article
Last chance to vote absentee in the US elections
How Germans fell in love with America's favourite squash
How I ditched London for Berlin and became a published author
Sponsored Article
How to vote absentee from abroad in the US elections
12 clever German idioms that'll make you sound like a pro
23 fascinating facts you never knew about Berlin
9 unmissable events to check out in Germany this October
10 things you never knew about German reunification
10 things you're sure to notice after an Oktoberfest visit
Germany's 10 most Instagram-able places
15 pics that prove Germany is absolutely enchanting in autumn
10 German films you have to watch before you die
6 things about Munich that’ll stay with you forever
10 pieces of German slang you'll never learn in class
Ouch! Naked swimmer hospitalized after angler hooks his penis
Six reasons why Berlin is now known as 'the failed city'
15 tell-tale signs you’ll never quite master German
7 American habits that make Germans very, very uncomfortable
Story of a fugitive cow who outwitted police for weeks before capture
Eleven famous Germans with surnames that'll make your sides split
The best ways to get a visa as an American in Germany
jobs available
Toytown Germany
Germany's English-speaking crowd