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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Germans On Course For New FIFA Clash

FRANKFURT, Germany -- German soccer chiefs ruled that 1860 Munich and Karlsruhe must replay a first division match because the referee made a mistake, setting up a possible clash with world governing body FIFA.

The German soccer federation, or DFB, turned down an appeal by Karlsruhe against its decision in August to order the replay after the two teams drew 2-2 on Aug. 5.

The DFB has only once before ordered a league match to be replayed since the Bundesliga began in 1963.

1860 had complained that Karlsruhe's 87th minute equalizer from Germany's South African-born international Sean Dundee was hit after referee Michael Malbranc had blown for a foul.

Karlsruhe appealed against the decision, saying television pictures had influenced the ruling.

But, in his verdict at the end of a four-hour hearing, official Gustav Adolf Schnarr said Malbranc had been mistaken.

"The referee blew the whistle on the game directly before the goal was scored. If [the game] is interrupted, it is not possible to score a goal, according to the rules," Schnarr told the hearing.

FIFA reacted angrily the last time that the DFB made a similar decision, threatening the country with a ban from the World Cup because it had disregarded the principle that a referee's factual decisions were irrevocable.

The case throws up the controversial issue of trial by television in soccer which many believe undermines the authority of the referee.

The DFB has now made several controversial rulings in the last few seasons that have annoyed FIFA.

In 1994 the DFB ordered another Bundesliga game between Bayern Munich and Nuremberg to be replayed after television pictures showed that the referee had made a mistake in awarding a goal.

Since then it also upset FIFA by ordering a second division match to be replayed because of refereeing mistakes. The world governing body ordered the national federation to reverse the decision.


The saga of soccer star Diego Maradona's latest positive doping test took another twist Tuesday: The urine sample -- which the player says isn't his -- is too small to be submitted for DNA tests, according to his lawyer.

Maradona, who will turn 37 later this month, claims somebody switched his urine sample after a league game Aug. 24 in a bid to have him banned for the third time in his career.

Maradona tested positive for illegal substances after the match against Argentinos Juniors, but a judge overruled a temporary ban after Maradona claimed he was the victim of a plot to end his career.

"There wasn't enough urine for a [DNA] test," Maradona's lawyer, Hugo Wortman Jofre, told reporters.