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Football News today: Wolfsburg disqualified from DFB Pokal for using extra substitution

Vfl Wolfsburg knocked out of the DFB-Pokal after Mark van Bommel’s sixth substitute appearance against Preussen Munster. In football news today, the Bundesliga side Wolfsburg was thrown out of the German Cup championship as the club made too many substitutions in their first-round victory over Preussen Munster.

On Monday, the German Football Association’s (DFB) sports court handed down their decision, declaring Munster 2-0 winners over Wolfsburg as a match result, according to De Telegraaf. A day after a 3-1 loss to the Bundesliga team, the fourth-tier club filed their initial complaint on August 8, claiming that Mark van Bommel used six substitutes instead of the allotted five.

Van Bommel substituted Admir Mehmedi for Maximilian Phillip in extra time, oblivious to the fact that he had already made five substitutions. Announcing the sports court’s decision on Monday, deputy chairman Stephan Oberholz commented: “The clubs are responsible for substitutions. One of their basic obligations is to find out about substitution options and to act accordingly.”

“VfL Wolfsburg has a duty against this violated and thus frivolously and avoidably committed the central error in the inadmissible sixth substitution process. The club cannot invoke exonerating negligence on the part of the referee team. It can remain unanswered whether the fourth official advised those responsible at the club incorrectly or provided inaccurate information during the exchange process.”

“Even if one assumes such wrong information, the main initial error is to be blamed on the club, so that any joint responsibility of the referee resigns completely.” Wolfsburg’s sporting managing director, Jorg Schmadtke, joked after the error that those involved would be enrolled in a “basic reading course,” but the 2015 DFB-Pokal champions are expected to file an additional appeal following Monday’s verdict.

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