Bell: "I’m not sure if it is good for our sport"
The Video Assistant Referee (VAR) intervened on three occasions on Sunday – Brosinski kept his calm to equalise from the penalty spot in his 150th Bundesliga appearance.
His emotions were building as he waited to take the penalty. Daniel Brosinski was forced to wait for multiple minutes to take 1. FSV Mainz 05’s penalty as the Hannover 96 protested, believing Jean-Philippe Mateta had dived in the penalty box. However, the 30 year-old kept his cool to stroke the penalty home and secure a point for the 05ers in a turbulent match.
“I took the penalty well,” said the right-back after the match. The Hannover goalkeeper was unable to claw the ball out of the net, having dived the right way to try to deny Brosinski. The penalty helped to save a lot of nerves in the OPEL ARENA. “I was only hoping for a goal. I had been waiting for a good five or six minutes. It is stupid for other players to be standing in your face while you’re waiting to shoot.”
“Stay calm, the decision is being checked”
Of course Brosinski was pleased to score in his 150th Bundesliga appearance but he had hoped to be celebrating a victory at the final whistle. “We were unfortunately unable to score one or two more goals. We created some good opportunities to score in the second half,” said the experienced defender, who was in the middle of celebrating a stoppage time winner with his teammates when the goal was disallowed. Anthony Ujah was narrowly offside as Stefan Bell crossed into the box. “I originally thought it was offside. I said to the others: stay calm, the decision is being checked. It is a real shame because it was a super cross from Bello and Ujah headed home superbly.”
VAR intervened on three separate occasions on Sunday: Ujah’s disallowed goal, Mainz’s penalty after Matthias Ostrzolek’s challenge on Mateta and the handball claim on Hannover defender Kevin Wimmer in his own penalty box. “It now a regular occurrence in the Bundesliga,” said Brosinski unexcitedly. “You expect VAR to be used at least twice a match now. And so the match stops. You cannot get agitated when it happens. If you lose concentration when it happens, your game can go astray.”
Uncertainty in front of goal
The captain understood the reason why referee Robert Hartmann didn’t award the 05ers a penalty for Wimmer’s handball. “The arm hasn’t been raised that high. As a defender, I would ask: what can he do?”, explained Bell after the match. The decision to rule out Ujah’s winning goal was also the correct decision. “You thought for two minutes you had scored the winner and then it gets disallowed,” added the centre-back. “This is a shame. In the past, you would watch the ball go in and then turn the linesman. If his flag was down, it was a goal. I’m not sure if VAR is good for our sport.”
The 05ers were forced to end their celebrations and accept a point. “The turning point was simply that we scored too late to take what we deserved from the match,” said the captain, who was annoyed with conceding an early goal. Before Hendrik Weydandt’s twelfth minute strike, Genki Haraguchi managed to break away from Danny Latza, who deflected the cross into the path of Weydandt. Moussa Niakhaté tried to intervene at the last moment and Bell was unable to prevent the shot. “We were man marking each of the striker so I was watching Niklas Füllkrug while Moussa marked Weydandt and he unfortunately let his player go when the cross came in. I simply arrived too late to help and couldn’t prevent the goal,” admitted Bell regarding the early Hannover goal.