German football

VfL Wolfsburg's goal should have been checked for offside – Transgaming

by: Adam Smith


The leader of the Bundesliga club VfL Wolfsburg in Sunday's points match against Borussia Mönchengladbach (2-1) should have been checked by the video assistant for offside. This is the conclusion reached by video security project manager Jochen Drees.

According to our professional analysis of the scene, the obstruction of the Gladbach goalkeeper's vision based on the available TV images would rather be confirmed, "Drees said on the website of the German Football Association (DFB):" Accordingly, the recommendation for an on-site review will be appropriate judge was right so that he could have made his own assessment and evaluation. "

Austrian Xaver Schlager had put VfL in the lead in the 13th minute. However, the television images indicated that Schlager's teammate Joao Victor was in the field of view of Gladbach goalkeeper Yann Sommer and was probably marginally offside.

"Since the video assistant was in doubt about a visual barrier that affected the goalkeeper and the evaluation of the refereeing team about the goal achievement being incorrect, the use of available calibrated lines to the exact location of Wolfsburg was not necessary to identify the player," Drees described the course of the decision, which he tends to consider wrong: "These would only have been used if the initial visual impairment question had been answered in the affirmative by the video assistant."