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Leipzig given walkover from abandoned cup match in Osnabrueck


Berlin – RB Lepzig have been awarded a 2-0 win in their German Cup tie with Osnabruck which was abandoned on Monday after the referee was hit by a lighter, the German Football Association (DFB) said on Friday.

Leipzig will now be entered into the draw for the second round of the competition later on Friday while Osnabrueck could be liable to further sanctions in addition to their removal from the cup.

The match between third division Osnabrueck and second division Leipzig was abandoned in the 71st minute when referee Martin Petersen was struck on the head with a lighter thrown from the stands, after he intervened in an argument between two players.

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Osnabrueck, who were leading 1-0 when the game was stopped, apologised immediately to the referee, with club president Hermann Queckenstedt saying the incident `harms the club and football.’

On Tuesday Leipzig offered to replay the game rather than progress via a walkover but the DFB sports court said this was not possible, citing DFB rules for match procedures.

“The offer of RB Leipzig to replay the game can be seen as a gesture of goodwill but does not change the decision of the court,’ court chairman Hans Lorenz said.

“Were we to accept this offer, it would be tantamount to the loss of legal certainty. The running of a competition cannot depend on the good will of individual clubs.’’ (dpa/NAN)

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