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Bayern Munich avoid punishment for substitute mix-up against Freiburg

Tom Gott
Bayern Munich will face no punishment
Bayern Munich will face no punishment / Markus Gilliar/GettyImages
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The German FA have rejected Freiburg's pleas to punish Bayern Munich after they were found to have briefly played with 12 men when the two sides met on Saturday.

Bayern romped to a 4-1 win but the main talking point was a late substitute mix-up which saw Niklas Sule and Marcel Sabitzer both enter the fray but only Corentin Tolisso leaving, with Kingsley Coman not realising he had been hauled off after the fourth official failed to show his number.

Play resumed after the changes but Freiburg alerted the officials after 17 seconds, at which point Bayern rectified the error.

Bundesliga rules meant that Bayern may well have been made to forfeit the game because of the issue, but an appeal to the DFB from Freiburg has been knocked back.

"The DFB has now decided that Bayern Munich cannot be held responsible for the culpable use of an ineligible player and that the requirements for a game revaluation have not been met," a statement read.

"Rather, the continuation of the game with 12 men is essentially due to culpable misconduct on the part of the referees."

Coman was legally permitted to play, so the DFB aren't looking into that and are instead focused on the officials, who should not have allowed two Bayern players to enter the field without seeing two go off as well.

The DFB also stressed that this decision was in no way similar to a ruling against Wolfsburg in August 2021. They were punished for making a sixth substitution when only five were permitted, which is a fault of the manager and not the officials.

Freiburg have one working day to appeal the ruling.

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