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Frankfurt draw line under gaffe

Published 23/01/2010 | 05:00

A GERMAN second division club are still pinching themselves in shock after they were on the receiving end of quite possibly the worse refereeing decision ever.

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FSV Frankfurt were playing away to Duisburg last week and were 4-0 down when their 'keeper mis-hit a kick-out. Christian Tiffert then lobbed the 'keeper only for the ball to hit the bar and bounce more than a metre in front of the goal line.

As the ball bounced, linesman Thomas Munch signalled that the ball had crossed the line and referee Marco Fritz awarded a goal. Cue utter disbelief from both teams.

But Frankfurt didn't lodge an appeal and, in fact, they have shown a sense of humour by announcing details of a fans' competition with the promise that "whoever can hit the bar from 18 metres with the ball bouncing away from the goal gets free entry to the next match".

Irish Independent

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