Peter Sippel criticises two incorrect decisions in the game between Eintracht Frankfurt and Borussia Dortmund

Robert Schröder had a busy afternoon refereeing Eintracht Frankfurt against Borussia Dortmund on Sunday. Via, the sporting director of the Bundesliga referees, Peter Sippel, believes two decisions were incorrect.

Dortmund’s Marius Wolf was adjudged to have handled the ball inside the area in the fifth minute and despite allowing play to continue, an on-field review was carried out on the recommendation of the video assistant. According to Sippel, this was the first of two incorrect decisions on Sunday.

“The fact that Wolf’s arm is spread far away from his body initially suggests a punishable handball. But in this case, the Dortmund player’s attempt to free himself is based on a normal sequence of movements. The fact that the left arm swings outwards in the swinging movement is clear. It looks natural, so there is no unnatural enlargement of the body,” said Sippel.

“Wolf is not acting intentionally or negligently, he doesn’t want to stop the ball, but rather move it out of the penalty area. Therefore, handball is not punishable.” Omar Marmoush then dispatched the penalty.

In the 36th minute, Alexander Meyer – who replaced Gregor Kobel in the first half – then brought down Marmoush inside the area. Meyer missed the ball but caught Marmoush’s leg and despite allowing the game to continue, Schröder was again called to the video screen. However upon review, Schröder stuck to his on-field decision to not award a penalty which in the view of Sippel, was incorrect.

“However, a penalty would have been the correct decision here, as the pictures show a foul by Meyer on Marmoush,” added Sippel.

Youssoufa Moukoko equalised for Dortmund to make the scores level at 2-2, but Niclas Füllkrug was offside and appeared to obstruct Kevin Trapp’s view. But upon review, BVB’s goal correctly stood, in the eyes of Sippel.

GGFN | Daniel Pinder


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