28.02.2021

RB Leipzig director Ralf Rangnick sparks VAR row

RB Leipzig sporting director Ralf Rangnick sparked a row with Bayern Munich’s players on the stroke of half time in the German Cup in a bizarre turn of events. 

Rangnick strolled onto the pitch and attempted to show the referee a replay with his phone. The referee had awarded a penalty to Leipzig but pulled it back for a free-kick.

The Bayern players reacted angrily at his attempts to influence the referee and Mats Hummels had to be separated from him by Naby Keita. 

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Ralf Rangnick attempted to show the referee the replay with his mobile phone

The Bayern players took exception to Rangnick's actions and surrounded him 

The Bayern players took exception to Rangnick’s actions and surrounded him 

The shoving continued as both sides and officials head down the tunnel. 

And the fractious behaviour continued in the second 45 minutes as Liverpool-bound Naby Keita was given his marching orders for his second yellow card.  

There is clearly no love lost between the two sides who now enjoy a feisty rivalry with Leipzig a real threat to Bayern’s dominance.  

The match took off in the second half and was played at a ferocious tempo 

The match took off in the second half and was played at a ferocious tempo 

Ultimately it took penalties to separate the two sides and replays showed it was the correct decision to award a free-kick rather than penalty. 

Sven Ulreich was the hero as the Bayern stopper kept out Timo Werner’s tame spot kick.

It was an encounter full of bite and the two sides will go at it again on Saturday in a mouth-watering Bundesliga fixture

 

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