Join Now | 
HomeAboutContact UsPrivacy & SecurityAdvertise
Soccer America DailySpecial EditionAround The NetSoccer Business InsiderCollege Soccer ReporterYouth Soccer ReporterSoccer on TVSoccer America Classifieds
Paul Gardner: SoccerTalkSoccer America ConfidentialYouth Soccer InsiderWorld Cup Watch
RSS FeedsArchivesManage SubscriptionsSubscribe
Order Current IssueSubscribeManage My SubscriptionRenew My SubscriptionGift Subscription
My AccountJoin Now
Tournament CalendarCamps & AcademiesSoccer GlossaryClassifieds
Van der Vaart Admits to Red Card Con
ESPN Soccernet, February 12th, 2013 1:01PM

MOST READ
TAGS:  germany

MOST COMMENTED

Rafael van der Vaart admitted on Monday that he intentionally tried to get Robert Lewandowski sent off during Hamburg’s 4-1 win over Borussia Dortmund on Saturday. Speaking to reporters after the game -- which effectively killed Dortmund’s slim chances of retaining its Bundesliga title -- van der Vaart said: "I needed to kick up a fuss,” because “I had the feeling the ref would not have given a red card otherwise."

Thirty minutes into the game on Saturday, with Hamburg leading 2-1, Lewandowski committed a foul on Per Skjelbred in midfield. Van der Vaart reacted by running toward Lewandowski and pushing him from behind, with the Dortmund striker reacting in similar fashion. Soon, van der Vaart was on the ground, following contact from Dortmund’s captain, Sebastian Kehl. The Dutchman then got up and ran toward referee Manuel Grafe, who after a few minutes of deliberation with his assistants, sent off Lewandowski and booked van der Vaart.

Dortmund coach Jurgen Klopp initially reacted to Lewandowski’s dismissal by saying, "I've seen worse refereeing in my life. A red card is OK. It was an unfortunate situation." But after van der Vaart’s admission, he said: "That is the worst sentence I have ever heard in my life."

The loss left the defending German champion 15 points behind leader Bayern Munich, which won 4-0 at home to struggling Schalke 04.

Read the original story...


No comments yet.

Sign in to leave a comment. Don't have an account? Join Now




AUTHORS

ARCHIVES
FOLLOW SOCCERAMERICA

Recent Section 2 Around the Net
Bookmakers Slash LVG Exit Odds    
British bookmakers reacted to Manchester United's humiliating 4-0 defeat against Milton Keynes Dons in the Capital ...
Atletico Appeals Simeone's Ban    
Atletico Madrid President Enrique Cerezo on Tuesday said the club would appeal coach Diego Simeone's eight-game ...
Eto'o Signs Two-Year Deal with Everton     
Samuel Eto'o on Tuesday completed a free transfer to Everton, signing a two-year deal with the ...
Warnock Appointed Coach of Crystal Palace     
Crystal Palace on Tuesday signed former coach Neil Warnock on a two-year contract. Warnock, who most ...
Barca Target Douglas to Sign Five-Year Deal     
Barcelona on Tuesday announced that Brazilian right back Douglas will join the club before the end ...
Deila: Celtic 'Not Good Enough' for UCL     
Celtic coach Ronny Deila said his team was "not good enough" to play in this season's ...
Di Maria: I was Forced Out by Real Madrid    
In an open letter to Real Madrid fans, Angel Di Maria reveals that he did not ...
Yeagley: 'They all want to beat Indiana'    
A Big Ten title extended Indiana's streak of consecutive NCAA Tournament appearances to 27, but it ...
Belmont Abbey freshman McGuire remembered on campus    
Belmont Abbey freshman Michael McGuire collapsed following a pre-season fitness test Aug. 16 and died five ...
Report: Benatia Joins Bayern Munich from Roma     
AS Roma on Tuesday sold central defender Mehdi Benatia to Bayern Munich on a five-year contract. ...
>> Section 2 Around the Net Archives