Nagelsmann on video evidence: Makes sport fairer, but not more beautiful

Coach Julian Nagelsmann was served after the unfortunate setback in the Bundesliga title race. The 0: 0 at home against TSG Hoffenheim was not enough. Striker Yussuf Poulsen scored the 1-0 in stoppage time, but referee Manuel Gräfe (Berlin) had to take the goal back because Poulsen had beheaded his hand before the ball went into the goal.

The rule has “no sense for footballers,” said Nagelsmann, but accepted the decision. The rule was applied correctly, “that’s why it didn’t count,” said the RB Leipzig coach, whose team left two important points in the championship race with Bayern Munich.

What further annoyed the coach, however, was the procedure for the video evidence through which the hit had been disallowed. Leipzig’s players had already celebrated exuberantly before disillusionment ensued. In that case you see “a bit of the negative side of the video evidence”, said Nagelsmann, “because you are screwed down from the maximum emotion to the minimum, within a few seconds.”

The consequence is that you can never really look forward to a goal, explained Nagelsmann. You always have to wait a long time whether it counts or not. “That makes the sport fairer, but not necessarily more beautiful,” said the coach.

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