Stefan Kießling apologises for scoring bizarre ghost goal winner

Stefan Kießling apologises for scoring bizarre ghost goal winner

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By Brooks Peck
Bayer Leverkusen’s Stefan Kießling was given a very generous gift by the match officials when he was awarded a goal against Hoffenheim for a header that somehow squirted through the side netting and ended up inside the goal. But after further reflection, he’s decided it’s a gift he doesn’t want.In the moment, the 29-year-old striker seemed confused by the decision which put Leverkusen up 2-0 in the 70th minute. The ball was clearly wide of the post and something obviously went wrong. But he didn’t argue and just went with it. Hoffenheim ended up scoring in the 88th minute, which meant Kießling’s ghost goal was the difference between a loss and a draw for Hoffenheim.
Regardless of the score, the fact that a goal could be awarded for something that was so clearly not a goal was bound to cause controversy. In fact, it was so bad that Kießling decided to apologize even though he wasn’t the one who made the ruling.
As advanced and forward thinking as the Bundesliga is, they have decided not to implement goal line technology until July 2015 while the Premier League and others already have it in place. FIFA will even be using a German made system at the 2014 World Cup. Perhaps this incident will prompt the Bundesliga to speed up the process. Or at least subject match officials to pre-match eye tests.

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