Stuttgart (AP) - Project manager Jochen Drees has defended the controversial penalty decision in the Bundesliga game between VfB Stuttgart and Borussia Mönchengladbach, but admitted communication deficits within the referee team.

“It's a penalty you can give.

The decision is possible when I see the brackets, ”said the person responsible for the video evidence at the German Football Association on Sunday at Sky and spoke of a“ criminal process ”and the brackets as a“ priority aspect ”.

In the stoppage time of the game on Saturday evening, VfB striker Sasa Kalajdzic was clasped on the goal line in the scramble for the ball by Gladbach's left-back Rami Bensebaini, but was also hit at the foot by his own teammate Waldemar Anton.

He did not see this contact, he was "probably one of the deciding factors," said referee Felix Brych.

The video assistant Bibiana Steinhaus did not point this out to him from Cologne.

The Gladbachers had heavily criticized the decision after the 2-2 win.

Drees emphasized that even the video evidence could not depict every decision «black or white».

The ex-referee Steinhaus had "assessed the aspect of foot offense for herself and viewed it as irrelevant," explained Drees.


The former FIFA referee admitted that it would have been better to look at the entire scene again, including touching the foot, and spoke of a possible “communication and presentation misunderstanding” between those involved.

“The whole scene should have been presented more clearly,” said Drees, announcing that the contentious situation would be analyzed and evaluated and the “review process improved”.

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Information on bundesliga.de

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