Eintracht Frankfurt and the not given penalties

The Eagles are currently safely positioned in mid-table and their fans can be happy about the fact that Thomas Schaaf’s team are playing some of the most entertaining football in the Bundesliga so far this season. However, the coach and other officials at the club have at times been rather critical of the performance of the referees in the league. So far there have been six situations in either Eintracht’s penalty box or their opponents penalty area which have angered the club. In some of the cases a decision going the other way could have altered the game in Eintracht’s favour.

Usually bad luck evens somewhat out over the course of a season, but the Eagles have seemingly gotten very few wrong decisions going their way when it comes to penalties. Here’s a review of what has been going on so far this season.

Match day 21: Hasabe vs. Höwedes

Saturday’s Topspiel ended in a deserved 1-0 win for the Eagles, however, they could have taken the lead a bit earlier if referee Marco Fritz would have awarded a penalty to Makato Hasabe after he was fouled by Benedikt Höwedes in the 55th minute.

Match day 18: What could have been?

Frankfurt took an early lead against Freiburg on the first match day after the Winterpause. However, the Breisgau Brazilians managed to get back into the swing of things fairly quickly and a brilliant performance by Nils Petersen sealed the deal for Streich’s team in the end. However, many Frankfurt fans are probably wondering what could have been if Christian Günter’s foul on Harris Seferovic in the 66th minute would have been given. At that point the Eagles were only trailing by one goal and a spot kick could have had a considerable impact on the outcome of the result.

Match day 9: An unfortunate end to a great match

The game between Eintracht and VfB Stuttgart had all possible twists and turns in it and provided neutrals with great fun. However, when the Eagles were chasing the 5-5 equaliser they managed to carve out one last chance through Stefan Aigner. Stuttgart’s Adam Hloussek hindered his opponent considerably through a challenge from behind, without playing the ball. Another clear cut penalty denied.

Match day 4: Two decisions going the wrong way

Referee Markus Schmidt had a terrible day at the office when he officiated the match between the Royal Blues and the Eagles.  First he denied Eintracht a clear cut penalty in the 15th minute when Ayhan used his hand(Eintracht scored from the following corner kick though) and afterwards he awarded Schalke a penalty which he shouldn’t have given. In the 40th minute Julian Draxler tried to put a cross in which was stopped Slobodan Medojevic first sliding into the ball before the ball took a deflection onto his arm. At that point Schalke were trailing by two goals and the penalty allowed the Royal Blues to find their way back into the game.

Match day 3: Oh, the headset

Referee Manuel Gräfe and his fourth official were the victims of modern technology at the start of the season. Vaclav Kadlec was man-handled in the box by Augsburg’s Dominik Kohr after a corner kick in the 15th minute, and if Gräfe’s headset would have worked properly he would have heard the fourth official’s description of the situation, which would have caused him to give a clear cut penalty as the teams were tied at 0-0. In the end Augsburg managed to pull off a fortunate 1-0 win.

 

What do you think? Have Eintracht been wronged too many times by the referees in the league? 

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Niklas Wildhagen

Niklas is a 33-year-old football writer and podcaster who has been following the Bundesliga and German football since the early 90s. You can follow him on Twitter, @normusings, and listen to his opinions on @TalkingFussball.

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