December 8, 2023

“And some of them are video investigators!” Dietmar Hamann calls for a ban on referees

VAR is causing problems again. A former pro is thinking out loud about banning referees.

What happened? Dietmar Hamann is annoyed by the use of the video assistant and in this context he suspended the referees for their incorrect decisions.

What is the background? The background to Hamann’s anger was three scenes in the German Bundesliga matches between… SC Freiburg and VfL Bochum (2:1) As well as 1. FC Köln vs. Borussia Mönchengladbach (3:1) – and in the second league between Hamburger SV and Greuther Fürth (2:0).

In Freiburg, SC professional Vincenzo Grifo only saw a yellow card for a foul on Christian Gamboa. Gladbach’s Manu Kone received a red card for a similar offence. On the other hand, Hamburg player Gata committed a strong foul on Simone Asta and did not leave the field.

What was said? “If the referee in Hamburg doesn’t give the red card to Bakery Gata after watching it five times, why do I think things will be better next week when the same referee blows his whistle again? Then I have to say: ‘I’ve had a break for two weeks,’ ‘Go to the bench,'” he said. Haman complained at the show Sky90.

The 50-year-old added that the referees had already made mistakes in judging “countless situations” this season. However, the German Football Association is not interested in making a clear analysis: “In England, there is an independent committee that said on Monday: ‘That was right, that was wrong.’” Hamann said: “We do not hear anything from the German Football Association, they They prepare their own statistics.”

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“You have to keep interventions to a minimum. When I see what they are sent for – some of them are video investigators. I have no understanding of that,” the former national player said.