Cologne –

1. FC Köln saved themselves from relegation with a 1-0 win against Schalke 04. The billy goats had to wait until the 86th minute for the redeeming hit on Saturday afternoon (May 22nd). Among other things, because referee Daniel Siebert (37) had previously denied a goal by Sebastian Andersson (29) – which initially left the players and those responsible at the Rhein-Energie-Stadion at a loss.

  • 1. FC Köln wins on matchday 34 against FC Schalke 04
  • Sebastian Andersson’s goal does not count
  • That is the crucial rule

The 71st minute in Müngersdorf: Captain Jonas Hector (30) hits a free kick from the half-field to the second post, Andersson pokes the ball past Schalke keeper Ralf Fährmann (32) into the goal. But Cologne only celebrates briefly …

Horst Heldt: “That should be offside?”

Because referee Siebert did not give the hit according to the video images, the decision was announced on the stadium screen: Offside. But not from Andersson’s goal scorer. Only Salih Özcan (23) was just in the forbidden zone at the Hector free kick – and, according to the referees, intervened as a criminal offense because he had blocked Schalke’s Salif Sané (30).

Sebastian Andersson’s goal did not count because of offside. This was explained on Saturday (May 22, 2021) on the screen in the Rhein-Energie-Stadion.

Cologne’s sports director Horst Heldt (51) no longer understood the world and probably felt reminded of the controversial decision against Freiburg, which only cost FC an important point two weeks ago.

“I’ve been taught a few times. That should be offside now or what? Because it just stands there? And what does blocking mean? It just stands there, then the Sané has to run somewhere else. He just stands there and has absolutely no influence on the ball, ”Heldt grumbled after the final whistle.

This is in the rules of the DFB

A look at the DFB statutes shows: Of all things, rule eleven could have cost Cologne relegation …

Because it explains exactly what is offside and what is not. Among other things, it states: “If a player who is moving from an offside position or is in an offside position is in the path of an opponent and interferes with the movement of the opponent to the ball, this is an offside offense if there is the possibility of the opponent Playing ball or fighting for the ball has an impact. ”

Or as FC coach Friedhelm Funkel (67) translated it from regular German at the press conference: “I talked to the referee again after the final whistle. He put it there so that Salih blocked his opponent while he was offside. As a result, he was not passive, but active. For this reason he did not give this goal. “

Sebastian Andersson: “Thought I scored a goal”

To the chagrin of Sebastian Andersson, for whom such a sense of achievement would of course have been extremely good after his epidemic season. The hapless Swede was annoyed: “I thought I scored a goal and then it was withdrawn for being offside. Then I still had a huge chance, but luckily we met afterwards. “

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Luck for FC: Sebastiaan Bornauws (22) late header goal to 1-0 made the discussions about the whistled Andersson goal ultimately only a side issue.

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