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Wolfsburg thrown out of German Cup over subs mix-up

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The mistake happened when Wolfsburg’s cup tie at fourth-tier minnows Preussen Munster on Aug 8 went to extra time. PHOTO: EPA-EFE

Bundesliga club Wolfsburg have been thrown out of the German Cup after their new coach Mark van Bommel made one more substitution than the rules allow during their first-round win.

The mistake happened when Wolfsburg’s cup tie at fourth-tier minnows Preussen Munster on Aug 8 went to extra time, during which van Bommel made a sixth substitution. Competition rules allow only five changes.

It was an embarrassing mistake for the ex-Bayern Munich midfielder during his first competitive game in charge of the Wolves, who have qualified for the Champions League.

Wolfsburg won 3-1 at Munster after extra time, but the hosts appealed to the German Football Association (DFB) when they realised the visitors’ mistake.

As a result, Munster’s name will go into the draw on Aug 29 for the second round after the DFB disqualified Wolfsburg on Monday night, and awarded Munster a 2-0 win, following a five-hour hearing.

“This is the most bitter decision you can make. We had no room for manoeuvre,” said Stephan Oberholz, deputy chairman of the DFB sports court in Frankfurt.

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Wolfsburg can appeal the decision and are looking at their legal options.

“We are disappointed and would have preferred a different outcome. We do not agree with the decision and will now examine legal action,” said Wolfsburg’s managing director Tim Schumacher.

-AFP

Kunle Solaja is the author of landmark books on sports and journalism as well as being a multiple award-winning journalist and editor of long standing. He is easily Nigeria’s foremost soccer diarist and Africa's most capped FIFA World Cup journalist, having attended all FIFA World Cup finals from Italia ’90 to Qatar 2022. He was honoured at the Qatar 2022 World Cup by FIFA and AIPS.

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