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SBD Global/October 21, 2013/Leagues and Governing Bodies

German Football Federation Looking To FIFA For Guidance On Bundesliga Phantom Goal

The German Football Federation (DFB) "is looking to FIFA after the second phantom goal in Bundesliga history," according to the SID. DFB VP Rainer Koch said that "the federation is waiting for input from FIFA." Koch: "The ball is in FIFA's court. We have called on FIFA on Saturday to make sure we don't make any mistakes." He added, "Essentially, the judgement decision is a protection for the officials. However, in this case it becomes a boomerang. We have to find solutions here." For Bundesliga side Hoffenheim, which lost 2-1 to Leverkusen because of the irregular goal, the only solution is to replay the game. TV replays showed that Stefan Kiessling's 70th minute effort missed the target and entered the net through a hole to put Leverkusen ahead 2-0. The DFB sports court chaired by Hans E. Lorenz will take a look at Hoffenheim's protest against the result of Friday night's game (SID, 10/20).
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