Ball of Shame | Hoffenheim payout
Referee Felix Brych might be scanning the local papers for job opportunities this week. He made a shocker of a decision last night in the Bundesliga game between Bayer Leverkusen and Hoffenheim.
In the 70th minute Sami Hyypia’s Leverkusen were awarded a corner which resulted in a header going wide (but then creeping into the net via a hole in the side netting).
None of the players celebrated. In fact, the player heading the ball, German international Stefan Kiessling, had his hands on his face, but the ref still gave the goal.
Watch the video of the ‘ghost goal’ here…
Several Hoffenheim substitutes raced to examine the netting and tried to point out the error to ref Brych. But the referee could not over-rule his original decision.
It made the score 0-2 to Leverkusen. The referee later awarded Hoffenheim a dubious penalty when Roberto Firmino was fouled outside the penalty area. But his spot-kick was saved.
Hoffenheim said they would protest the freak goal awarded to Leverkusen and managing director Alexander Rosen said: “It’s a scandal. That was no goal, there are no two ways about it. We are definitely going to protest.”
Kiessling added: “I didn’t really see it.” What a hero.
Rudi Voller, Leverkusen’s sporting director, spat: “That’s not how we wanted to win the game. The fair result would have been a 2-2.”
We hear you, Rudi. Paddy Power is paying out losing singles for anyone who backed the draw with us.
Sven Schipplock pulled a goal back for Hoffenheim two minutes from the end, but they fell to their first home defeat of the season. The win took Sami Hyypia’s Bayer top.