"I've done 150 games with him and can assume Mr. Pickel doesn't signal any old s***."
-- Bundesliga referee Herbert Fandel
, who ejected Bayern Munich midfielder
Mark van Bommel
for an assault on Borussia Dortmund's Tamas Hajnal
that was called by linesman Mike Pickel
. Van Bommel, who had already been
cautioned for a lethal tackle, claimed he was ejected because refs are out to get him. (Guardian)