Referee Manuel Gräfe continues to experience loud support in the fight for a continuation of his career in the Bundesliga around his perhaps last appearance. “I am happy to join the large crowd of managers, coaches, players and fans who would like to ask the German Football Association to reflect on their own actions,” said Borussia Dortmund’s sports director Michael Zorc on Friday.
BVB will receive Bayer Leverkusen on Saturday (3:30 p.m. in LIVETICKER), it will probably be Graefe’s last game as a referee, because he has reached the age limit set by the DFB.
“The fact that one of the most respected referees in Germany is sent into compulsory retirement against the resistance of the masses only because his age switches from 47 to 48 sometime at midnight is not very professional,” said Zorc: “It’s actually a joke! “
This regulation is not transferable to competitive sport. “There are no young and old players, there are only good and bad ones. And it is the same with the referees,” said the 58-year-old: “I would be happy if the goodbye in Dortmund could be collected by the DFB again. It would be one of the better decisions of the association and a sign that one listens to the people in Frankfurt. “
Numerous players, coaches and officials have already spoken out in favor of Gräfe going on. In addition to the Berliner, Guido Winkmann and Markus Schmidt are also leaving because of reaching the age limit as Bundesliga referees in the summer. “I am basically a friend of the fact that it should be about performance,” Graefe had last said in the current sports studio of the ZDF.