Jörg Schmadtke: “This whistle cost us money and points.”

Speaking after Wolfsburg’s 1-1 draw against Sevilla in the Champions League, managing director Jörg Schmadtke reacts to a late penalty decision that cost them three points.

“That decision was simply wrong. How the referee came to the conclusion that this was a penalty I can’t explain,” said Schmadtke. “The increased checking can influence a game and also the referee’s performance. This whistle cost us money and points.”

Wolfsburg midfielder Joshua Guilavogui successful cleared the ball inside the penalty area but was deemed to have fouled Erik Lamela. Referee Georgi Kabakov was sent to the monitor to check the decision and following a lengthy delay, Sevilla were awarded a penalty with three minutes remaining and Ivan Rakitic successfully converted.

Wolfsburg would have received €2.8m for a win and just less than €1m for a draw.

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