Penalties at Freiburg – Gladbach: VAR remained silent in the clearest scene

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The clearest penalty in Freiburg against Gladbach was not given

Referee Benjamin Brand twice pointed to the penalty spot after intervention by the video assistant. Both Freiburg and Gladbach benefited from the controversial decisions. In the wake, however, not enough was said about a third scene.

The judges and their colleagues in front of the wall with the monitors in Cologne were in focus in several places. In Munich, Borussia Dortmund complained that there was no other penalty kick in the 3-1 match against Bayern Munich, although Benjamin Pavard first hit Jude Bellingham and then the ball – a legitimate objection according to all experts. And in Leipzig, Union Berlin was half-paralyzed over the fact that Nordi Mukiele’s unintentional kick to Niko Gießelmann’s knee remained unpunished – even though Daniel Schlager had seen the scene for a long time.

Dortmund felt they had lost a point, Union turned the match around in the final phase even without VAR support. And in Freiburg, referee Benjamin Brand could argue that two controversial penalty kicks gave the same result for both teams. Without them, Lars Stindl’s late 3: 3 might have been 2: 2.

“There’s a bit of a basic line missing at the moment,” ex-judge Manuel Graefe told Sportstudio. Although he spoke of the much-discussed scenes in Munich, his opinion also applies to the decisions between Freiburg and Gladbach. “Both penalties were very questionable for me, including ours,” said Borussia coach Adi Hütter. After just 13 seconds, Jonas Hofmann hit Nicolas Höfler’s arm with his cross in Freiburg’s penalty area. Because Judge Brand only interrupted with a delay and looked at the stage on the monitor, Ramy Bensebaini only converted after 123 seconds.

“A clear defensive action by Höfler, where should he put his hand?” said Hütter. The judging experts from “Collinas Erben”, who answered questions on Twitter until well into the night on Saturday, also went into detail into this situation. “Brand and VAR rated this as an unnatural increase in the frame area,” they wrote. Many fans remembered that there had been an adaptation to the so-called “support arm” not so long ago.

The clarification of “Collina’s Legs”: “The support arm” is no longer in the rule text, but is still taken into account in the interpretation. If you look at the criteria: he did not fall anymore, his arm was not between the body and the ground either, but it was stretched out to the side. ” In fact, Höfler’s arm was almost completely on the ground and stopped the ball. All in all, it was a scene with so much “on one side” and “on the other side” that the question arose as to whether it could have been a clearly wrong decision not to point to the point. In that case, Brand should have perceived the action differently than the video assistants described it to him.

Not quite as soon after the restart, but even after a couple of attacks in the second half, Höfler was in focus again. Freiburg corner specialists like to hit the ball on the veteran at the first post. Höfler fell to the ground and his colleagues protested immediately. “The second punishment falls into the same category for me. Eventually he stumbles with one foot over the other,” said Hütter. Here he reaped more resistance from “Collina’s heirs.” “The right decision for me. Lainer misses Höfler with a ‘walking error’, which causes him to stumble and fall. The ball also comes right there, “was the verdict from Alex Feuerherdt, who also comments on controversial scenes on” Sky “.

The fact that it was not discussed what was possibly the clearest penalty kick of the match in the end increased the general confusion and disagreement: Jonas Hofmann was sent off in the 63rd minute when the score was 2: 2 and Mark Flekken, the assistant. deflected his shot just above the raised flag. But the repetition suggests that Philipp Lienhart had picked up offside in the pass from Alassane Plea. Hofmann’s left foot was then squeezed by Nico Schlotterbeck’s sliding tackle as the shot was taken so the 29-year-old could rejoice that he had not been seriously injured on the spot.

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