“Should have paid more attention during coaching”: That’s why Gradetsky saw red

Bayer Leverkusen narrowly misplaced their first Bundesliga sport of the season. Werkself can even be with out captain Lukas Hradecki for the following sport. A red card, which was justified after VAR intervention, was the rationale – Felix Brych was additionally concerned and confirmed mercy to the goalkeeper.

First confusion, then understanding: Lukas Hradecki saw Felix Brych’s red card in Dortmund.
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When Dortmund despatched an extended go to Marco Reus in the beginning of stoppage time, Lukas Hradecki shortly got here out of the field and snatched the ball from below the Dortmund captain’s nostril (90′ + 1 minute). The sport continued till VAR, led by video assistants Pascal Müller and Mike Pickel, known as FIFA referee Felix Brych right into a headset and requested to see the footage.

It shortly turned clear that the Bayer captain was past his sixteen years. Pure hand play is why. But then why was it red?

A take a look at the DFB guidelines can assist right here. Starting on web page 69, Rule 12: Violations and Other Misdemeanors, below the Disciplinary Penalties and Dismissal Offenses, clearly states:

“A participant, substitute or substituted participant who commits any of the next offenses shall be despatched off: Point 1: Preventing a aim or an opponent’s likelihood of scoring by fouling a handball (apart from the goalkeeper in his personal penalty space). )”.

However, on this case, Hradecki was not allowed to play his hand exterior – so he needed to change Edmond Thapsoba in the previous few seconds because the substitutions ran out. VAR intervention was additionally justified as a result of Kölner Keller may clarify and apparent unsuitable choices within the following 4 conditions: aim scoring, penalty kicks, sending off and participant interference. It was the identical right here.

Gradetsky could be very clear

The goalkeeper, who was despatched off within the 1-0 defeat at Dortmund, was unsure Hradecki had been despatched off when he spoke to Aspan shortly after the sport. The 32-year-old Finn initially stated: “From my viewpoint, I caught the ball within the penalty space. But now (taking a look at photos; Warning d. editor) I liked it. It was a centimeter or a millimeter… possibly 5 to 10 centimeters at most. But I do not know if it is hindering the scoring possibilities. Because in any other case I might have finished issues in another way.”

Felix Brich

What’s clear: After seeing the images, referee Felix Brych had no selection however to challenge a clean red.

In the tip, Gradetsky needed to admit: “If the principles are so clear, then it is good. I ought to have paid more attention during referee coaching. Of course, I may have put my thoughts to it and made a unique determination.”

Immediately after VAR’s intervention, Brich “dryly advised him that is the best way it’s. It’s his career too. He is aware of what he is doing.” So the Werkself captain faces at the very least one league sport ban and can miss Saturday’s (3:30pm) residence sport in opposition to FC Augsburg (0:4 vs. Freiburg).

Brych: “I felt just a little sorry for him”

After some time, the referee Felix Brich additionally needed to clarify the dismissal. The 47-year-old from Munich stated: “I defined to him that I nonetheless hit it off with Lucas. I’m just a little unhappy that I needed to make such a troublesome determination, however there was no different possibility. It’s about them getting an actual likelihood to attain exterior the penalty space and stopping the offense. I’ll punish a foul, it might be a foul. Here it was only a hand exterior the penalty space, not proven by the goalkeeper. It’s in the end an emergency braking rule that applies right here – and naturally it is very troublesome.”

Brich continues: “It’s a very humorous scene, I’ve by no means given a red card like that within the Bundesliga. I’ve had an analogous state of affairs at one level on the pitch. I advised him too, as a result of I (Hradecki; Warning d. editor) actually like and admire. “He is a good sportsman who at all times comes and says thanks after the sport.”

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