Sunday, August 8th, 2021
Embarrassing change error
VfL Wolfsburg threatens bizarre cup-off
That would be a pretty stupid debut for Mark van Bommel at VfL Wolfsburg. Due to an embarrassing mistake, the Bundesliga club is threatened with the cup. In the arduous win against regional league team Preußen Münster, the Nederlander violates the statutes of the DFB.
An embarrassing mistake made by the new coach Mark van Bommel could cost Bundesliga club VfL Wolfsburg a place in the second round of the DFB Cup. In the lucky 3: 1 (1: 1, 0: 0) after extra time at the regional league team Preußen Münster, the Dutchman made three more changes in extra time after three changes in regular time. However, the statutes of the German Football Association (DFB) do not allow this. According to a report by “Kicker”, referee Christian Dingert noted the substitution error in the match report. VfL refused to comment on the incident when asked.
Münster can now protest against the rating of the game. “Yes, we are aware that Wolfsburg has changed six times. We will discuss this internally and decide whether and how we should proceed against it,” said manager Peter Niemeyer. The implementation regulations of the DFB state that “five substitutions are possible in the coming DFB Cup season” and paragraph 31, point 3a continues as follows: “During the game, five players may be exchanged. An additional one beyond that Substitution in games with overtime is not permitted. “
According to “Kicker”, the Wolfsburg team asked the fourth official during the game whether another change was allowed. Coach van Bommel told Bild that he had asked the fourth official whether he could make the sixth change: “I talked to the referee about it.” At the EM, an additional sixth change in extra time was still allowed.
The Champions League participant would almost have been eliminated in terms of sport. Central defender Marcel Hoffmeier scored the surprising lead for the long-time strong fourth division team (74th) after a corner. Josip Brekalo only equalized for the disappointing cup winner from 2015 in the 90th minute. Striker Wout Weghorst (103rd) and Ridle Baku (120th + 1) met in the heated extra time in front of 6703 spectators to a tremendous victory for the largely disappointing guests.