The DFB rescind Wagner's red card
On Sunday (09/02, 18:00 CET), FC Schalke 04 will find out their opponents for the quarterfinals of the DFB-Pokal. It’s now been confirmed that David Wagner will be on the touchline for the tie. On Friday (07/02), the DFB Sports Court rescinded the red card shown to David Wagner during the Round of 16 tie with Hertha BSC on Tuesday (04/02), thereby lifting the potential suspension.
The DFB justified their position by stating that “David Wagner is not guilty of any form of unsportsmanlike conduct. His behaviour, as noted the Control Committee, was of a helpful and reassuring nature towards the player, Jordan Torunarigha, after he had been fouled. The player himself confirmed this in his statement to the Control Committee. Coach Wagner neither committed any form of assault nor delayed the game any further.”
“For us, this acquittal is logical, because we have always emphasised what the TV images have shown; this is that our head coach David Wagner was not in any way guilty of unsportsmanlike conduct on the day, but that his actions were the definition of fair play towards Jordan Torunarigha,” explained sporting director Jochen Schneider. “Therefore, it’s only logical that the DFB’s conclusion was the same as ours.”