What was different with van Bommel
Sixth Amendment tears Rangers into misfortune
Glasgow Rangers lose the final of the Europa League against Eintracht Frankfurt in the most bitter way. On penalties, after just over two hours. The unlucky one who fails decisively only comes on the field shortly before the end of the extended playing time. The move was unfortunate, but allowed.
A couple of very attentive fans were surprised on Wednesday night: Glasgow Rangers switched six players on and off in the dramatically lost Europa League final against Eintracht Frankfurt. Could this be? Or did the judge overlook a serious mistake by the Scots?
The answer is simple: everything went right! A similar rule for their competitions had already been adopted by FIFA and UEFA two years ago. There were several small adjustments during the pandemic. One of these allows teams in European competitions to replace a sixth man. However, the extra option has strict limitations.
The biggest name fails
It is well known that five changes are now allowed. These can be made three times during the game (breaks are excluded). This should prevent a possible time game as a tactical means of delay. The sixth change is then only possible in extended playing time. Rangers made use of it. With Kemar Roofe and Aaron Ramsey came two jokers in the 117th minute. While veteran Roofe replaced the spasmodic Borna Barisic, veteran Ramsey’s replacement was apparently aimed at getting another safe shooter onto the pitch.
While Roofe had prepared Ryan Kent’s mega-chance in extra time and confidently sunk his penalty kick, Ramsey was the only one to miss from the point in the final duel. Ramsey, of all people, the biggest name in the Rangers squad. The 31-year-old played 32 times for Wales, became Italian champion with Juventus Turin, appeared almost 200 times for Arsenal in the Premier League – and now Kevin Trapp failed. Of course, his coach Giovanni van Bronckhorst did not blame his offensive player for saying that the penalty shootout was “a lottery” and that his players had “given everything”. At the same time, the Dutchman did not hide his disappointment. “When you play a final in Europe and lose, it hurts,” he said.
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So what a bitter story. Initially, the increase was from three to five changes per. match a temporary response to game suspensions and corona-related absences in the teams ‘squads and was intended to “earn the players’ well-being, especially when competitions continue after interruptions with a packed calendar”.
The exemption has been extended again and again and is currently valid until the end of the year. It is now clear that the exception is becoming the rule: The leaders of the boards of the International Football Association (IFAB) decided in March to keep the extended quota for permanent changes, as the international leagues have long since largely returned to ordinary football operations.
Van Bommel was not allowed to make six changes
The rule that an extension gives the coaches an extra replacement option does not apply to DFB rallies. VfL Wolfsburg and its then coach Mark van Bommel had to experience this the hard way in the summer of 2021: In the first round of the DFB Cup in Prussia Münster, van Bommel made the sixth change, as the score was 1-1 – and thus lost the game on the green board and later also his job. DFB’s implementing rules stated unequivocally that “five replacements are also possible in the upcoming DFB Cup season”. “Five players can be replaced during the match. Replacement of more than that in overtime matches is not allowed.”
At that time, in August 2021, referee Christian Dingert and his team would not or could not save van Bommel from his significant mistake when he made a switch: Wolfsburg had asked the fourth referee several times about the sixth change, as can be seen. before at the European Championships, was legal, they also claimed she before the DFB judges. But no one stopped her.
The sports referees did not care: “The unauthorized replacement of a sixth player was grossly negligent, as VfL Wolfsburg had all the necessary information on current football legislation at its disposal,” the DFB’s federal court announced. “The fact that the two coaches may not have known anything about this is due to a serious organizational error on the part of the club, which by virtue of current football legislation led to the game revaluation that the sports court has made.”
So: Glasgow Rangers would have lost the DFB Cup final with a sixth substitution in extra time without losing on penalties. A victory in the Europa League final would have lasted.