Bundesliga match halted after referees send off manager, walk off pitch
The league meeting between Borussia Dortmund and Bayer Leverkusen featured second against fourth in the Bundesliga table.
In the 64th minute Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang scored the game’s opening goal putting Dortmund in front. Leverkusen players (mostly Stefan Kiessling) were furious, believing that a foul went unpunished in the buildup, that the free-kick was misplaced, and Aubameyang was potentially offside on Erik Durm’s assisting pass. Leverkusen manager Roger Schmidt followed suit and began to harass the referee.
Well, after four minutes of protesting, referee Felix Zwayer had enough of Leverkusen’s complaints, sending Schmidt to the stands. Except he didn’t want to go.
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Zwayer decided if Schmidt wasn’t going to leave, he would. In a move he is likely instructed to do in situations such as this, Zwayer walked off the field with his referee crew and into the tunnel, declaring the game would be halted unless Schmidt left the field of play. If the manager refused, Leverkusen would lose 3-0 via forfeit.
After a delay of approximately 5-10 minutes, Schmidt conceded and went to the stands, and the referee crew returned to continue the match.
UPDATE: The referees blew the injury time after the incident, because of course they did.
Needless to say, the internet was confused.
Wow. Not sure I've seen anything like what's going on in the Bayer Leverkusen v BVB game in a long time.— Gabriele Marcotti (@Marcotti) February 21, 2016