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“No longer acceptable”: heavy reprimand by the referee of Lothar Matthäus

“No longer acceptable”
Heavy reprimand from the referee of Lothar Matthäus

Once again the referees are being criticized. The VAR fails in Munich and Leipzig. Former referee Manuel Gräfe sees the DFB as responsible and suggests Urs Meier for a fresh start. Lothar Matthäus supports the involvement of former footballers. It remains complicated.

After the referee’s wrong decisions during the Bundesliga weekend, the criticisms are getting bigger, even to the German Football Association. Former referee Manuel Graefe blames mistakes years of erroneous development in the DFB and calls for a “restart”. International record player Lothar Matthäus suggests former professional footballers as support for the video assistant after “decisions that are no longer so easy to accept”. The DFB itself had admitted the mistakes made by the referees in two games.

Once again, the video assistant role in the Bundesliga drew criticism on Saturday. In the top match between FC Bayern and Borussia Dortmund (3-1), VAR did not intervene after Benjamin Pavard fouled BVB professional Jude Bellingham on the spot. In the 2-1 victory of 1. FC Union at RB Leipzig, the video assistant reported a kick by Nordi Mukiele of Leipzig against Niko Gießelmann of Berlin, but the referee did not change his decision. Video evidence project manager Jochen Drees explained in a DFB announcement Monday that the wrong decisions had been made in both cases.

“It is time, after the DFB has been guiding the referee structurally and personally against the wall for twelve years, to raise the question of accountability,” Graefe wrote in a guest comment in the “Bild” newspaper and added: “If is in a club or he hasn’t worked in the company for years, at some point the management level will be rightly held accountable. “

Gräfe has an idea

The arbitrators were organized in an outsourced GmbH from January 1st. Head referee Lutz Michael Fröhlich is responsible for the “sport and communication” area, while department head Florian Götte is responsible for “management and organization”. The DFB is the majority shareholder with 51%, the German Football League is also a shareholder.

There have simply been too many bad decisions, some of them clearly wrong, said Gräfe, who stressed: “Here we are again with the performance principle, which unfortunately has been behind the DFB refereeing management for a long time. Previously with bosses Fandel and Krug, today with Fröhlich, Meyer and Drees. ” The DFB – and now the DFL too – is needed, because it cannot be that this problem is so serious for the Bundesliga. “Wrong decisions obviously have no necessary consequences, because people prefer to choose referees for positions or tasks based on personal, regional or political aspects.”

Gräfe, who had to interrupt his career in the summer of 2021 due to the age limit and was therefore in the balance with the DFB, is calling for a “restart without these political influences”. The 48-year-old from Berlin proposes the signing of former Swiss referee Urs Meier, who can act “independently and performance-oriented”.

Matthew sees room for improvement

Matthäus, however, could imagine former professional footballers being used as support. The proposal is not new. “As former footballers we can evaluate it better because we ourselves have been in these situations for years and we know what it looks like when you are fouled or fouled. How you fall, where the ball moves when this or that happens in front And, above all, we see it faster.” , wrote Matthäus in a column of Sky. The intuition of the former players is different in these cases.

However, Matthäus is against the abolition of the video referee again. It would be “a step back”, said the 1990 world champion: “I think the conclusion is that more bad decisions are being prevented than before, and there is still room for improvement.”

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