Bayern Munich's are spared punishment despite fielding TWELVE players

Bayern Munich’s win over Freiburg WILL stand despite fielding TWELVE players as German FA insist it was down to ‘misconduct by the referees’… freeing Bundesliga giants of any blame

  • Bayern Munich’s 4-1 win over Freiburg will stand despite breaching league rules
  • The Bundesliga leaders had 12 players on the pitch for around 20 seconds
  • The error came about following a mix-up when making a substitution
  • German FA say club are not to blame and it’s ‘misconduct by the referees’

Bayern Munich’s controversial 4-1 win over Freiburg will stand – despite the league leaders having 12 players on the pitch at one point in the game.

Julian Nagelsmann’s side were already two goals ahead when confusion amongst officials led Munich to have an extra player on the field for roughly 20 seconds of the match.

Despite protests from Freiburg fans, the German giants have been spared any punishment after the DFB Sports Court ruled that it was ‘misconduct by the referees’.

Bayern Munich (in black) are seen with 11 outfield players all on the pitch, instead of ten

The situation caused controversy during Bayern Munich’s trip to Freiburg last weekend

After the game, Freiburg sporting director Jochen Saier said they would ‘think about’ whether to protest the match – which the club did earlier this week. 

Nagelsmann responded: ‘From a personal point of view, I can’t understand why Freiburg is doing this. I don’t know if you can pat yourself on the back if you should play internationally because of three points that you didn’t actually win in sport.’

The former RB Leipzig coach can rest easy now knowing that the DFB Sports Court has ruled in favour of the Bundesliga champions and that the three points will remain at the Allianz Arena.

Chairman Stephan Oberholz explained: ‘The low proportion of blame on the part of Munich is not enough ‘to justify the serious legal consequences of a game revaluation.’ 

Bayern Munich will not have points deducted following their substitution mix-up

The chaos sparked when Bayern made two substitutions with just under ten minutes of the game remaining.

Niklas Sule was sent on to replace Corentin Tolisso, who was forced off through illness having himself just come on as a substitute. 

However, the defender came on before Kingsley Coman, who was subbed at the same time for Marcel Sabitzer had been removed from the field.

This left Bayern with 11 outfielders and the game was momentarily played before the error was spotted.

Marcel Sabitzer scored his first goal for the club in what ended a controversial match




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