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Football referee placed under legal protection after being threatened during a Dortmund match

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A football referee in Germany has been placed under legal protection after a Borussia Dortmund match. During the 30th day of the German championship, the referee in question confessed to having made a bad decision causing the dissatisfaction of some supporters.

The German referee who admitted having made a mistake in Borussia Dortmund’s 1-1 draw in Bochum on Friday at the start of the 30th day of the German football championship filed a complaint after receiving threats targeting him as well than his family. German media report that Sascha Stegemann has been placed under judicial protection.

Guest of the television show Doppelpass on Sunday, Stegemann explained that he had no choice but to file a complaint. The referee had admitted the day before, after viewing the images of the match, having made a bad decision by not whistling a penalty in favor of Borussia Dortmund, who lost their place as leader of the Bundesliga in favor of Bayern Munich, winners Hertha Berlin Sunday (2-0).

“I understand”

“I fully understand the emotions surrounding what happened on Friday night. But my family and I received very specific threats and after seeing them I filed a criminal complaint,” he said. Stegemann added that he was wondering whether to “take a break” and get away from the lawns for a while. In a statement released on Saturday, the German federation said TV images showed that Stegemann should have awarded a penalty to Borussia after a foul on striker Karim Adeyemi in the Bochum penalty area.

Stegemann, in an interview with the daily Bild on Saturday, admitted his mistake and regretted that the video referee in charge of the VAR did not offer him to go and consult the images. BVB, who were one point ahead of Bayern at the start of the 30th day, are now second, two points behind the Munich club. There are four days left until the end of the season. Dortmund president Hans-Joachim Watzke stressed on Sunday that “threats and animosity will not be tolerated”.

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