As usual, the German referee head Herbert Fandel had some special announcements for the new Bundesliga season concerning issues in and off the pitch. He told the German tabloid "Bild" a few weeks ago:
"It is out of the question that coaches are madly jumping. There were some cases at the sideline which will not be possible anymore." (excerpt: Bild, 3rd August 2011)
|Jürgen Klopp and Stefan Trautmann...|
In the last year's first half of the season, Jürgen Klopp - coach of the champions Dortmund - clashed with the Fourth Official Stefan Trautmann (photo r.) in the match between Dortmund and Hamburg after the main referee Deniz Aytekin did not give free-kick to Dortmund after an obvious foul. In the 2nd leg between those two teams, Klopp turned in a freaky cheers-sprint after his team equalized in the very last minute. For both scenes, he received a punishment (10.000 €).
Moreover, several coaches attacked referees in after-match-interviews so that Fandel seemed to have felt compelled to urge the 18 Bundesliga coaches and their assistants to avoid that.
"..there were some cases at the sideline which will not be possible anymore.", really Mr Fandel?
Last Saturday, the first top clash of the recently started Bundesliga season was held when Leverkusen met Dortmund; correspondent to the importance of this match, DFB appointed the German WC 2010 trio for this match: Wolfgang Stark, Jan-Hendrik Salver and Mike Pickel while Bundesliga referee Markus Schmidt functioned as Fourth Official.
And again, Klopp showed a behaviour that cannot be accepted by the referee; this time, he blamed Stark for a straight red card given to the German "Super-Mario" Götze. This time, Klopp even shouted at the TV moderator who only wanted to get to know his opinion on this dismission (one could really feel sorry with the helpless Sky-reporter..). In his interview, he then attacked Stark and stated that his perfomance "was no worldclass", but this was the kindest sentence in Klopp's monologue.
But what happened? A review in a nutshell:
- 45th minute: Leverkusen got the ball and had a promising counter, 3 against 3. What did Stark do? He whistled for half-time. A "by-the-book" decision without any sensitivity; he then cautioned Renato Augusto for kicking the ball away (just to let out steam...).
- 62th minute: Mats Hummels (Dortmund) fouled Augusto who was on the way to the goal, a clear tactical foul, he was already booked, has to be sent off, Stark only gave free-kick
- 65th minute: Michal Kadlec (Leverkusen) was dismissed for a foul from behind, rude foul, clear red card. Stark gave a straight red, although he had already seen yellow, good to send him off with a straight red!
- 71st minute: Götze was in front of the goal, slided away and slipped with foot-up into the goalkeeper, Stark gave only yellow, too less in my opinion.
|Calm but strict: Stark dismissed Super-Mario Götze|
- 77th minute: Götze was fouled by Balitsch and was then dismissed for a trial of retaliation. Correct decision.
- 83rd minute: Dortmund scored the first goal after a free-kick, but Stark was on the way to the Fourth Official, the free-kick was not released by him; sent then the Dortmund assistant coach off but forgot a yellow for the early execution of the free-kick.
- 90th minute: Dortmund wants to change, three times Stark tried to allow this substitution, however, the match had too small interruptions. The player who should come in was angry about that (Kehl) and shoved the Fourth Official Schmidt who noticed everything.
Who said that Bundesliga is boring ?!
The DFB sports tribunal has banned Kadlec for three matches, at the moment, they are negotiating suspensions against Götze, Dortmund's assistant coach but perhaps Klopp and Kehl as well...
UPDATE: Kehl has been suspended for two matches.
Mario Götze has been suspended for two matches and has to pay 10.000 €.
Wolfgang Stark has achknowledged faults in an interview..
Control (25%): 7,5; Calls (25%): 7,0; Neutrality (20%): 8,0; Style (20%): 7,5; Match Difficulty (10%): 9,0 = 7,625 = well done
Watch this video here:
(Do not pay attention to the commentator, he is from BVB-Netradio ....)