Annoyed, frustrated and angry, Jonas Hofmann complained about referee Felix Brych’s penalty decision in stoppage time. “It’s an absolute cheek, I don’t know what he’s thinking,” said the midfielder from Borussia Monchengladbach on Saturday evening on the TV channel “Sky”. “It’s crazy, I’ve never seen anything like it. I don’t know what we got the video referee for.” Silas Wamangituka (90 + 6) converted a controversial foul penalty and saved him VfB Stuttgart so on Saturday evening in the Bundesliga a 2: 2 (0: 1) against the Gladbacher.
In stoppage time it came to the scene of the game: After a hint from the video referee and viewing the TV pictures, Brych decided on a penalty kick and brought the Gladbachers against him. Stuttgart’s Sasa Kalajdzic is said to have been torn to the ground by Ramy Bensebaini in the penalty area. “That’s not even a foul in midfield. A penalty – actually not possible now,” said international Christoph Kramer.
“I didn’t make a swallow”
Gladbach’s coach Marco Rose agreed: “Basically you can be cleverer and leave your hands out. But if you look at the scene from different angles, you can see relatively clearly that Anton is causing his own teammate to stumble and Kalajdzic falls into Bensebaini.”
Kalajdzic, on the other hand, felt upset: “I didn’t make a swallow.” He felt himself being held by the stomach. “I already felt like I was being pulled down.”
Referee Brych himself had doubts about the penalty-worthiness and, according to his own admission, did not whistle immediately. “If you whistle the penalty directly, it has to be accepted. With the VAR intervention, there are a few remaining doubts,” said the referee, adding: “It’s a complex scene because there are two contacts. It was on the pitch for me a tad too little. I think Stuttgart can be happy with the penalty today. ”
Both teams will see each other again soon: Gladbach will be visiting VfB again in the quarter-finals of the DFB Cup on February 3rd (8.45pm).