FC Bayern Munich’s resounding four goal victory against 1. FC Köln on Saturday has been met with frustration in relation to referee Patrick Ittrich’s performance by Köln’s sport director, Armin Veh.
The fifty-ninth minute saw Munich native and Effzeh defender Kingsley Ehizibue sent off after receiving a red card from referee. Bayern Munich were awarded a penalty and increased their advantage against the side from North Rhine-Westphalia.
Veh argued that the red card “was the crowning achievement, it was disaster.” Referee Patrick Ittrich “could have put on a red shirt, too,” he remarked. Köln head coach Achim Beierlorzer likewise argued that the red card was “over-the-top.”
Despite the disappointment of the result against Bayern, Effzeh enjoyed the start of Oktoberfest. Beierlorzer described it as “team event that should weld us together,” with sporting director Veh agreeing with his head coach. “I think it’s good that the boys do that.”
After suffering their fourth defeat of the season, Köln find themselves in sixteenth after five games played in the Bundesliga. They must perform better to remain in the top flight after their year in the 2.Liga.