FC Schalke 04 release statement on the VAR incident in Bremen

The day after the tough 1-1 draw in Bremen, FC Schalke 04 have completed their review of the closing minutes of the game. The club have come to the conclusion that it will not lodge an official complaint. After a thorough legal review, the Royal Blues have decided to not pursue a legal challenge of the decision, due to the slim chances of it being successful.

Schalke-Logo

Instead, S04 questioned the practical application of the video assistant referee (VAR) on Sunday. During a private discussion with the DFB, the initial view of the coaches, staff and players on Saturday evening was confirmed: referee Tobias Stieler was correct in his initial decision to not award a foul for Henning Matriciani’s challenge on Roger Assalé inside the penalty box. Therefore, no clear and obvious error had been committed on the part of the referee, meaning that VAR should not have been used to overturn the decision. In fact, Stieler should never have even been sent over to review the scene himself on the pitch-side monitor.

In a statement on Sunday afternoon, the sporting head of the DFB’s professional referees confirmed that the images shown on TV provided no grounds for the initial decision to not award a penalty to be overturned. According to the DFB: “VAR should not have intervened in this situation,” adding that “detailed detective work cannot be considered evidence.” In other words: when no foul has been committed, then VAR should not and must not go out of its way to find one.

We cannot make the game more complicated.

Peter Knäbel

Peter Knäbel, board member for sport, summed up the weekend: “This does nothing to change the result, and the fact that we only took one point instead of all three. However, we are convinced that this weekend, during which we saw other questionable VAR decisions in other games, must be used to draw important conclusions for football. One key conclusion is that we cannot make the game more complicated; it needs to remain understandable and the way in which the rules are applied need to remain clear for fans and those watching. That wasn’t the case this weekend. We assume that the DFB and its referees will analyse these games in detail.”

Of equal importance to the Royal Blues is a clear stance against several incidents on social media following the game, in which Bremen’s Roger Assalé was racially abused. FC Schalke 04 strongly condemns this behaviour and reiterates that tolerance and mutual respect are more important than what happens on the pitch.

Anzeige
Anzeige
Anzeige

Share page

You may also be interested in

211117_ouwejan

Thomas Ouwejan: We know what we have to do

After three competitive defeats in a row, Schalke will be wanting to celebrate a victory on Saturday against Werder Bremen. The team trained a lot over the international break, working hard defensively and offensively, reported Thomas Ouwejan.

211101_schroeder

Rouven Schröder: Critically discuss problems while remaining calm

Sporting director Rouven Schröder spoke to the media on Monday (1/11) about current first-team topics. Among other things, the 46-year-old discussed recovering from the defeats at Heidenheim and in Munich, whilst also answered questions on possible transfer activity in the winter and the mood at the club right now.

180910_Geschäftsstelle

FC Schalke 04 release revenue numbers for first two quarters of 2021

FC Gelsenkirchen-Schalke 04 e.V. reported a total revenue of €106.7 million in the first two quarters of the 2021 fiscal year (€102.2 million in the first two quarters of 2020). Business operations were affected by the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic and the ensuing restrictions, as well as relegation from the Bundesliga. Particular attention was paid to mitigating the effects on total revenue through cost-cutting measures, reduced working hours, and the halting of development and investment projects.

211018_tornetz

S04 to travel to Belek for their winter training camp

FC Schalke 04 will prepare for the second half of the season in the Turkish Riviera. Head coach Dimitrios Grammozis’ side will train for one week in Belek, from Monday 3rd January until Sunday 9th January. The plan is to play at least one friendly during their stay in southern Turkey.