The German record champion’s substitution mistake in the match against SC Freiburg continues to cause discussion. Now referee Lutz Wagner has come forward – with a clear position.

For Lutz Wagner, the refereeing instructor of the German Football Association (DFB), the responsibility for FC Bayern’s substitution error in the 4-1 win over SC Freiburg on Saturday lies with referee Christian Dingert. “Normally, he or someone from his team should have made sure that the number of players was correct before the game resumed. He didn’t do that and so it’s a mistake by the referee,” Wagner said in an interview with “Spox” and “Goal”.

Dingert could delegate this task, “but it is his responsibility that the game continues with the right number of players on both sides,” Wagner explained. Bayern were on the pitch with twelve players for a few seconds shortly before the end at 3-1 before referee Dingert interrupted the Bundesliga encounter.

“In the end, the referee is responsible”

Earlier, the wrong shirt number had been displayed when Kingsley Coman was scheduled to be substituted. The Frenchman probably felt he had not been addressed and initially did not leave the field during a double substitution. “The board is a support and therefore a tool. Something like that can always happen, and again: In the end, the referee is responsible,” said former referee Wagner.

SC Freiburg officials are considering an appeal, which would have to be lodged by this Monday afternoon. If Freiburg refrain from doing so, the DFB will not take action either. “If SC Freiburg lodges a protest, the mistake must be determined. That there was a mistake is undoubted. Then the DFB sports court must determine whether it had any match relevance,” Wagner said. According to dpa information, in the view of the association, the incident was not an infringement of the rules, but an error.