Why Anton was only banned for one game

After his red card in the 1-1 draw against Frankfurt, Stuttgart’s Waldemar Anton was only given the minimum suspension from one game. The sentence and the reasons given by the DFB Sports Court suggest that the referee was wrong with his decision in a tricky situation.

Saw the red card in Frankfurt: Waldemar Anton.

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Even VfB sports director Sven Mislintat in the stadium felt the dismissal for Anton, who brought down Frankfurt’s Rafael Borré in a running duel shortly before the penalty area, as “clear”. After studying various camera positions, however, he commented on Monday: “It seems that Borré stops first and also hits Waldi with the knee.” Mislintat said, “Anything but a game suspension would surprise me.”

The sports court of the German Football Association followed this assessment on Tuesday and banned Anton from playing a game for unsportsmanlike conduct – the minimum penalty for a red card. According to Hans E. Lorenz, the chairman of the DFB sports court, there was a “mutual foul play and thus an atypical constellation”. VfB presented a video sequence with individual images that showed that Borré first committed a foul by pulling Anton’s jersey, which lasted for several seconds. In the course of the action, Anton also committed a foul.

Referee Jöllenbeck and his team probably acted wrong

This explanation suggests that referee Matthias Jöllenbeck was wrong with his team. If two fouls are committed by players from different teams, the first committed must be punished. It was difficult to see in this scene, and video assistant Tobias Stieler did not intervene either.

It is unclear whether he had the special camera perspective and the individual images that VfB presented to the sports court in the short time available. After all, they meant that Anton only had to watch Leverkusen on Sunday. And the decision in favor of VfB did not have a negative effect in Frankfurt either: Filip Kostic shot the following free kick over the goal, VfB came out short to equalize.

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