Coach Bo Svensson sees red in the round of 16 of the cup. Referee Deniz Aytekin throws the Dane out against FC Bayern Munich shortly before the end. After the game, the referee explains his decision and demands more respect for himself and his colleagues.
Bo Svensson saw the red card in the round of 16 of the DFB Cup for insulting the referee. This was reported by referee Deniz Aytekin about the coach of FSV Mainz 05 after the loss against Bayern Munich (0:4). "The limit is reached when we are insulted. That's not a language I want to hear on the pitch," said Aytekin on Sky. The referees are "not the garbage can of the nation".
Svensson admitted: "I have 'are you blind?' said in the direction of the referees". Fourth Official Martin Petersen heard this and motioned to Aytekin. When the score was 0:3, Svensson saw red in the 81st minute. "It is not necessary for me to say something like that," said the Dane, although he was bothered by several of the referees' decisions.
If you use the wrong tone, you get the "consequence," says Aytekin, who described himself as "very communicative": "I don't insult anyone on the pitch." Nevertheless, he was not resentful and "neither angry nor offended". Svensson said he was in Aytekin's dressing room after the game and apologized, saying that the matter was over.
Regardless of his dismissal, Svensson paid tribute to the people of Munich - and criticized his team's performance. "Bayern were very, very alert and very, very good. We were exactly the opposite. We didn't dare, had too much respect, were too slow. Then you don't stand a chance against Bayern," he said. "The second half was much better, you could see that we could pose problems for them."
(This article was first published on Thursday, February 02, 2023.)