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Lothar Matthäus zum Var: need ex

Ex-footballer for the “Cologne Keller”: Record National Player Lothar Matthew has demanded a reform of the video referee in view of the recent incidents in the Bundesliga.

“At the latest after this weekend is for me: We need former professional footballers to support VaR. There were two decisions in Leipzig and in Munich, which are so simply no longer accepting,” wrote the 61-year-old in his SKY – Column.

The scenes in the top match between Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund (3: 1) and RB Leipzig and Union Berlin (1: 2) acknowledged Jochen Drees, DFB project manager for video proof.

In Munich, Benjamin Pavard had brought the BVB-Profi Jude Bellingham in the 59th minute of the game to the host of 2: 1 for the hosts for the hosts. However, the penalty whistle remained as well as the intervention by the video wizard. In Leipzig, in view of Drees’, after a foul of Nordi Mukiele on Berlin’s Niko Gießelmann, it would also have to give a penalty. Referee Daniel Schlager received a reference to the Var Markus Schmidt – but remained in his decision.

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It must be established “that the two decisions despite (or because of) the VaR support was so blatantly wrong, that you have to remedy to make football even more compliant and fairer,” said Matthäus, who, at the same time, wrote against it, “Abolish the video referee, because that would be a step back.”

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Former footballers could, however, could be “better rated” better because we were permanently and for years in these situations and know how it looks when you are fouling or fouled, “said Matthew. The intuition of ex-pros is “in such cases” other than those of people, “which are often often in the square or stood and watching games, but have not performed this sport at this level.”