Bayern could have their 4-1 victory against Freiburg overturned for using 12 players

There was a long delay and utter confusion as the referee stopped the game to sort out the mess.

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Bayern Munich players celebrate one their goals against Freiburg on Saturday. COURTESY.

Bayern Munich could have their 4-1 victory against Freiburg overturned after having 12 players on the pitch for about 17 seconds.

This followed a mistake by the fourth official. He showed the wrong number on the board which meant Kingsley Coman did not know he was meant to come off in a late change.

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Niklas Sule and Marcel Sabitzer both came on in the 86th minute, but only Corentin Tolisso came off.

“We drew the referee’s attention to the fact that Bayern had 11 outfield players on the pitch,” Freiburg director Jochen Saier told Sky.

There was a long delay and utter confusion as the referee stopped the game to sort out the mess. But this was after Freiburg alerted the officials.

Referee Christian Dingert said it was “totally confused situation [and] now the DFB [German Football Association] must decide.”

Bayern, who are seeking a 10th title in a row, are nine points above Borussia Dortmund with six games left.

However, according to league rules, the three points earned on Saturday could be lost.

Referee Christian Dingert said it was “totally confused situation [and] now the DFB [German Football Association] must decide.”

It is thought they would need to lodge a formal complaint for Bayern to be punished.

Freiburg coach Christian Streich said: “I expect that we will not have to appeal anything. We abide by these rules and that is all I will say about it.”

Bayern boss Julian Nagelsmann said: “The fourth official showed the wrong number and Kingsley Coman didn’t know he had to go off. Mistakes happen.

“From the point of fair sport, there was nothing that speaks against it having been a fair game.”

Leon Goretzka scored on his comeback from four months out with a knee injury for the opening goal when he headed in from Joshua Kimmich’s free-kick.

Nils Petersen levelled seconds after coming on with a first-time finish.

Substitute Serge Gnabry put Bayern ahead again with a good first touch and finish. Coman then drove in from the edge of the box before Sabitzer’s injury-time fourth.

Elsewhere, second-placed Dortmund lost 4-1 at home to RB Leipzig, with Konrad Laimer scoring twice and Christopher Nkunku and Dani Olmo also netting. Donyell Malen scored for Dortmund.

Source: BBC.

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