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VIDEO: German referee says sorry after red card and penalty costs Dortmund

Wolfgang Stark bravely stepped forward after seeing TV replays and apologised for his error.

Marcel Schmelzer can't believe his German eyes as he is sent off.
Marcel Schmelzer can't believe his German eyes as he is sent off.
Image: AP Photo/Frank Augstein

THE REFEREE WHO gave a red card and penalty which may have cost Borussia Dortmund the chance of successfully defending their Bundesliga title admitted afterwards that his call was a mistake.

“We analyzed the scene after the match with observers. For me it was obvious on the pitch that there was a handball at the goalline and that results in a penalty and red card,” referee Wolfgang Stark told LIGAtotal.

“But with the television replays, you can naturally see that there was no handball, so it was a mistake. A clear error on my part. Of course I am sorry.”

Stark ruled that Dortmund defender Marcel Schmelzer had handled a shot by Wolfsburg’s Bas Dost in the 35th minute and awarded a penalty as well as red-carding Schmelzer.

Dortmund had been dominating the match until that point and were leading 1-0 until Diego converted the spot-kick in the 36th minute.

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A rattled Dortmund side then gave up a second goal five minutes later.

Despite playing with 10 men, Juergen Klopp’s team levelled in the 61st minute on a penalty by Jakub Blaszczykowski.

But Dost made it 3-2 in the 73rd minute to decide the game.

“First of all you have to let the whole thing soak in. It eats away at you,” added Stark.

A long way back from Bayern

With the defeat, Dortmund dropped 14 points behind runaway leaders Bayern Munich.

“The red card decided the game. We were dominating the game. My team played one of the best home matches in ages. The red card caused chaos in our game,” said Klopp.

“This of course was a very hard one for us to swallow.”

The German Football Association (DFB) said it would likely not suspend Schmelzer for the incident.

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