According to Jochen Drees, video assistant Marco Fritz should have intervened after the controversial scene in the penalty area in the top game between Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund (3-1). This is what the project manager for the video evidence at the German Football Association (DFB) said in an interview on dfb.de. Referee Daniel Siebert had previously admitted a mistake.
“Even if the player Pavard touches the ball at the end of the duel, this is not to be considered as playing the ball in the actual sense, since the ball contact is more accidental and results from the previous straddling movement,” said Drees: “It is also relevant that he brings the Dortmund opponent down first in this situation. This can also be shown in pictures, so that the video assistant should have intervened here.”
When the score was 2-1 for Munich, Benjamin Pavard had brought down BVB professional Jude Bellingham in the 59th minute of the game, but the penalty whistle didn’t happen.
In the analysis of the 31st Bundesliga matchday, Drees recognized another mistake in the game between RB Leipzig and Union Berlin (1: 2). According to Drees, there should have been a penalty after Nordi Mukiele fouled Berlin’s Niko Gießelmann. Referee Daniel Schlager received a tip from VAR Markus Schmidt – but stuck to his decision.