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Ref defends decision not to award Dortmund 'goal'

Ref defends decision not to award 'goal' in German Cup final, replays suggest ball over line

TIn this picture taken Saturday May 17, 2014, the Bayern Munich soccer team celebrate with head coach Pep Guardiola after they won the German soccer c...

Germany Soccer Cup Final

TIn this picture taken Saturday May 17, 2014, the Bayern Munich soccer team celebrate with head coach Pep Guardiola after they won the German soccer c...

BERLIN (AP) -- Referee Florian Meyer has defended his decision not to award Borussia Dortmund a goal in Saturday's German Cup final despite replays suggesting the ball crossed the line.

Mats Hummels' header was cleared on or behind the line by Bayern Munich defender Dante in the 64th minute with the game still scoreless. It wasn't awarded and Bayern went on to win 2-0 in extra time.

Meyer says in a statement from the German football federation (DFB), "In the real sequence of events it wasn't discernible without doubt for either my assistants or myself whether the ball crossed the line or not. So we decided to let the game continue."

DFB media director Ralf Koettker says, "There was no signal for a goal from the sideline, either by flag or through headset."


Updated : 2021-02-28 11:06 GMT+08:00