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Phantom goal in German Bundesliga match sees Leverkusen go top

- October 18th, 2013

Bayer Leverkusen went top of the German Bundesliga on Friday when it was awarded a phantom goal in a 2-1 win at Hoffenheim.

Stefan Kiessling’s header off a corner flew outside the near post before striking side netting and somehow entering the goal through a hole.

For those who don’t follow the game closely, there are two parties at fault here: the referee and his assistant.

Prior to the start of each half, the referee’s assistant (commonly referred to as a linesman) inspects the net in his or her respective half.

This is done to prevent situations like the one above.

That said, it’s shocking the head official didn’t become suspicious when Kiessling clearly put his hands to his head in frustration after failing to redirect on frame.

At the very least, the fact no players celebrated should have alerted the officiating crew that something wasn’t right.

We expect to see these kinds of mistakes in places like Central America or Africa, where the standards of officiating aren’t as high.

But Europe? With all the camera angles? Don’t be surprised if the Bundesliga takes another look at this one.

At least they should.

 

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