There was no shortage of controversy in Bayern Munich’s dramatic, penalty-shootout win Wednesday over RB Leipzig in the DFB-Pokal. Arturo Vidal’s rash challenge on Emil Forsberg just before halftime was correctly ruled to have taken place just outside Bayern’s penalty box after Felix Zwayer had initially pointed to the spot. Zwayer did brandish a yellow card for Vidal’s challenge, but the entire Leipzig bench was in an uproar after the penalty decision had been overturned.
Rangnick took it upon himself just after the halftime whistle had gone to use footage of the incident on his cell phone to try and retrospectively protest the overruled decision. Mats Hummels and Robert Lewandowski promptly tried to usher Rangnick away from Zwayer and likely gave the Leipzig sporting director a few choice words. Speaking to Sky Germany after the match (via ESPN FC), Hummels voiced his frustrations over the incident:
He [Rangnick] can't just go to the referee with his mobile to show him the scene. I can't imagine that's allowed or wanted, otherwise the refs will constantly have club officials around them to show them scenes. I told Mr Rangnick that he should not do it, and that it's unsporting behavior. I remained relatively calm. And it was not me who was sent to the stands.
The incident that sparked it all:
First this careless tackle from Arturo Vidal was a penalty ... but then it wasn't! pic.twitter.com/5mS2N6fYRo— Goal (@goal) October 25, 2017
Even Leipzig manager Ralph Hasenhuttl said, “You can't do that. It could lead to the ref thinking that he's not acting cool.” This was objectively noteworthy coming from Hasenhuttl considering how furious he was with some of the other decisions Zwayer made that went against Leipzig, Naby Keita’s second yellow card for a foul on Lewandowski, in particular. The match took a drastic shift after Leipzig were reduced to 10 men.
In the heat of the moment, Leipzig had every right to be unhappy with the officiating, but Rangnick could’ve avoided retrospective punishment by waiting until the players and officials were in the tunnel to have a word with Zwayer and his assistants.
Kicker have reported that the DFB have put a preliminary investigation in motion into the incident and are now awaiting a written response from Rangnick, who’s likely to receive some sort of consequence.
Regardless, Bayern came out victorious and have advanced to the next round of the DFB-Pokal along with 15 other clubs, eleven of which are also top flight (Bundesliga) sides. The draw for the next round is set to take place this Sunday.
The remaining 16 teams: