German referee Wolfgang Stark admitted that he made a mistake by not sending off Paderborn’s Marvin Bakalorz for a studs-up challenge that resulted in another long-term injury for Borussia Dortmund forward Marco Reus during the 2-2 draw between the teams on Saturday. It is unclear how long the Germany international will be out following this latest injury, his third of the season.
Upon seeing the incident again, Stark told Bild: "The way I saw it during the game, Bakalorz slid in to get the ball and he made the slightest of contacts with it before then hitting Reus. For me, it was a foul and a yellow card. When I saw the replay afterwards, I was shocked and I've got to say that red would have been the right decision."
The challenge left Dortmund coach Jurgen Klopp incensed with Bakalorz, who is a former BVB player. "It's an incredible scene and there are no other words to describe it,'' Klopp said. "Marvin's a great lad, but that was just too much. He'd been sliding in all game and I'd told him that he shouldn't be doing it."
After the game, Paderborn coach Andre Breitenreiter defended his player. "Anybody who knows Marvin Bakalorz knows how much he loves Borussia Dortmund,” he said. "Marvin was as white as a sheet. We're all terribly sorry, even if we can't change it now."