"Referees are only puppets on a string now. The decisions are made in a dark room in Cologne. And that's just not possible."
-- Former international referee and kicker columnist Bernd
on the Video Review trial system in Germany, where referees work at a centralized center in Cologne. Criticism of Video Review resulted in the ouster of Bundesliga referee supervisor
, its project manager, after he was accused of unduly influencing two penalty decisions for Schalke 04 in a 1-1 tie with Wolfsburg in October (Kicker via ESPN FC